image captionA series of claims over Boris Johnson’s conduct – including an accusation that the prime minister once said he would rather see “bodies pile high” than approve a third lockdown dominate the front pages. The Times carries new allegations that Mr Johnson said he would rather let coronavirus “rip” rather than impose a second lockdown last year. It also pictures drinkers in Edinburgh, as Scotland’s pubs reopened after lockdown.
image captionThe PM is “on the ropes” and “under siege” says the Scottish Daily Mail. It describes mounting questions over Mr Johnson’s conduct and says that its exclusive story on Monday – reporting the alleged “bodies” comments – was confirmed later in the day by the BBC and ITV. It also writes that Scotland has “toasted freedom” as gyms, shops and bars reopen.
image captionNo 10 “fights back over war of words” says the Scottish Daily Express. The paper notes Mr Johnson’s denial over the claim he said “let bodies pile high” – as he pledges to “focus relentlessly on battling Covid”.
image captionThe National also reports on the pressure facing the prime minister, with the paper carrying SNP calls for him to quit over the alleged “bodies” comments.
image caption“Slurry of sleaze” is the Metro’s take – as it reports Labour’s criticism of the “sewage of allegations” against Mr Johnson, who is pictured in a cowshed.
image captionA senior government source tells the Daily Telegraph that the prime minister will tell a cabinet meeting later the government must stay totally focused on the public’s priorities as he tries to move on from the scrutiny he is facing.
image captionBoris Johnson is “tainted by sleaze” according to the headline of the i newspaper – which reports the results of an opinion poll of voters. It says half of those questioned believe there is a “culture of sleaze” within government. The prime minister insists the claims made against him are “total rubbish”.
image captionAn irreverent Daily Star depicts the PM ablaze above the headline “my pants are not on fire…”. As it details the claim and counterclaim over Mr Johnson’s alleged “bodies” comments, it asks: “Gosh, who to believe?”
image captionThe reopening of shops, gyms, swimming pools, pubs, restaurants and cafes after a four month-long winter lockdown makes the front page of The Scottish Sun. The paper describes the boost for the Scottish economy as “magic Monday”.
image captionThe Daily Record front page claims a man pictured campaigning for the Alba party is a convicted murderer.
image captionThe Herald leads with a report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies which claims the manifestos of the SNP, Labour and Tories for next month’s election are disconnected from “fiscal reality”. The think tank said the parties are “failing to level” with voters.
image captionThe Glasgow Times reports on the city’s businesses reopening with one pub owner quoted as saying it “feels like Christmas day”.
image captionA man jailed for eight months after attacking a Labrador with a shovel is the lead story in the Press and Journal.
image captionA police appeal after a 52-year-old woman was raped in Perth makes the front page of The Courier. The woman was attacked near the duck pond at Annat Road, in the Gannochy area of the city.
image captionThe Aberdeen Evening Express front page reports a 46-year-old man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after an alleged stabbing in the city.
image captionDundee’s Evening Telegraph reports that a man caught hoarding “police” stun guns has been given a five-year prison sentence.
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