image captionThe Scotsman leads with Nicola Sturgeon facing “a crucial three days in her battle for survival”. The first minister is awaiting the publication of two reports into how she and the government handled complaints against her predecessor Alex Salmond. The paper says senior SNP figures are rallying behind Ms Sturgeon, accusing opposition rivals of using Donald Trump-style tactics to attack her.
image captionThe Herald focuses on a poll which it says shows the SNP “is set to scrape a majority” in the upcoming Holyrood election. The Herald-commissioned poll suggests 49% of Scots think Ms Sturgeon should resign if she is found to have misled parliament and broken the ministerial code, compared with 38% who think she should not.
image captionThe Daily Mail cranks up the pressure on the first minister, saying she faces “the most desperate fight of her political career” as the Holyrood committee report and the independent report into Ms Sturgeon’s actions are set to be made public in the coming days. The paper reports that a vote of no confidence in the FM is looming if she is deemed to have breached the ministerial code.
image captionThe Scottish Sun’s front page is dominated by a picture of Celtic captain Scott Brown and Rangers player Glen Kamara embracing before the start of yesterday’s Old Firm Game. The “show of unity” came three days after Kamara was racially abused during a Europa League game.
image captionThe Daily Record has an interview with the husband of a woman whose murder in Glasgow in 1969 was linked to the notorious Bible John killings. George Puttock tells the paper that he has always believed Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe was responsible for his wife Helen’s death, while serial killer Peter Tobin has previously been touted as the murderer.
image captionThe National leads with the government’s constitution secretary Michael Russell insisting the SNP will publish its independence referendum bill later this week. Speaking to BBC Scotland’s Sunday Show, Mr Russell said the bill would prove the SNP is looking to take Scotland “forward positively” after the May elections.
image captionThe Daily Telegraph highlights claims that Nicola Sturgeon intervened in the early stages of the investigation into claims made against Alex Salmond by two women. But it leads with the EU’s threat to ban UK-bound Covid vaccine exports. The paper says Downing Street has been forced into “a diplomatic push to secure supplies of the coronavirus jabs”.
image captionThe Metro goes big with a striking front page photograph of a graffitied police van engulfed in flames during a protest in Bristol against the UK’s Police and Crime Bill. Its main story focuses on the record-breaking number of daily coronavirus vaccine doses given in the UK on Saturday – with the headline “844, 285 jabbed in a day” – an achievement the paper cheekily says will “needle” European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen.
image captionThe Daily Express takes aim at Brussels, with its headline “844,285 jabs in the one day! That’s how to do it, EU”, with the paper saying the UK’s achievement has left the bloc “lagging far behind”. A photograph of a fiery scene at the Bristol protest is also featured on the front page.
image captionSticking to its long-running theme of portraying Matt Hancock as a clown, the Daily Star leads with the UK health secretary’s call to male MPs to “keep your kit on” when they receive their Covid jabs, rather than baring their hairy chests like Tory MP Jonny Mercer, who is pictured on the front page.
image captionThe British public has been left footing the bill for NHS Test and Trace “waste” according to the i’s front page exclusive. The paper reveals what it says are new details showing the taxpayer is funding meals, snacks and free car parking for “thousands of workers” in addition to weekly rental fees for kettles and microwaves – leaving the Westminster government open to accusations that it failed to ensure value for money with the private firms contracted to administer the scheme.
image captionThe Courier leads with students at the University of St Andrews being told not to leave the town after a coronavirus outbreak on campus. A ward at St Andrews Community Hospital has also been closed after a Covid cluster was identified.
image captionThe Press and Journal leads with seafarers who were told they were heading home to spend quality time with family but have instead been left stranded “like prisoners” in a quarantine hotel. Around 25 north-east workers returning from Angola were forced into isolation while colleagues from England were allowed to continue home after Scottish rules were changed.
image captionTh Edinburgh Evening News highlights the ongoing row over the council’s expansion of controlled parking zones across the city.
image captionThe Evening Express has an interview with members of a band who sparked complaints to police by putting on an impromptu outdoor gig.
image captionThe Glasgow Times says Police Scotland has praised Celtic and Rangers fans after yesterday’s Old Firm match passed without a single arrest. There had been fears that supporters would gather outside Celtic Park in breach of Covid restrictions.
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