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Scotland’s papers: Election countdown and bus driver ‘hero’

Scotland’s papers: Election countdown and bus driver ‘hero’

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The Scottish Sun

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The Scottish Sun leads with Nicola Sturgeon’s “Twitter silence” over an independence referendum next year in what the paper is calling a shift in tactics. The report says the first minister is instead focusing on stopping Brexit.

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Scottish Daily Mail

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The Scottish Daily Mail leads with comments from senior Conservative figures who criticise a potential alliance between Labour and the SNP. The paper reports Ruth Davidson and Jackson Carlaw have urged voters to back their party, particularly former Labour supporters who wish to prevent another independence referendum.

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The National

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The National leads with an apology from the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg and ITV’s Robert Peston after they tweeted claims that a Conservative aide was punched outside Leeds General Hospital. The claims were also circulated on Twitter by The Guardian, The Mail and The Sun, the paper reports.

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The Scotsman

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The Scotsman also splashes with a report that the prime minister refused to look at an image of a sick boy sleeping on the hospital’s floor, shown to him by a journalist. Instead Mr Johnson took the journalist’s phone and put it in his pocket, a move that led critics to accuse him of a “lack of empathy”.

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Daily Record

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The Daily Record brands Mr Johnson a “disgrace” as it also leads with the story on Leeds patient Jack Williment-Barr. ITV political correspondent Joe Pike wrote on Twitter that he had tried to show a picture of the four-year-old during an on-camera interview with the prime minister.

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Scottish Daily Express

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The Scottish Daily Express reports a government review of the TV licence is being led by the prime minister’s chief adviser, Dominic Cummings, and could mean introducing a monthly subscription or forcing the BBC to run adverts. The paper says the “surprise announcement” marked an escalation in the “Tory war with the BBC”.

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The Daily Telegraph

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The Conservative party fears that the chances of Jeremy Corbyn winning the election have been “seriously underestimated”, according to The Daily Telegraph. A party memo says tactical voting in just 12 seats could remove Mr Johnson from Downing Street.

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The Courier

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Away from politics, The Courier leads with a school bus fire in Fife which began at about 16: 00 on Monday. The driver of the bus has been called a hero after performing an emergency stop and pulling the bus onto a side road before taking passengers to safety.

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Ipaper

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“No sign of life” is the headline on the front page of the i newspaper, accompanying a picture of tourists looking at the plume of ash and smoke from White Island Volcano in New Zealand. Five people have died and eight are missing after the eruption on Monday.

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The Times

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Two British women are among the injured in the New Zealand volcano eruption, The Times reports on its front page. It also says Boris Johnson has floated the idea of scrapping the BBC licence fee and making it a commercial subscription service.

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The Herald

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The Herald reports the US is set to investigate some of Scotland’s biggest salmon producers over allegations of price-fixing. The companies – some of which have full subsidiaries in Scotland while others share ownership of Scottish Sea Farms – deny any wrongdoing.

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The Press and Journal

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Half the student population of a school in the Highlands was sent home because of 15 staff absences, The Press and Journal reports. The paper quotes the vice chairman of the school’s parent council who said the move was “unprecedented” but necessary.

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Daily Star of Scotland

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The Daily Star of Scotland reports on what it describes as a spate of crimes by “cruel dognappers”. It says up to 10 dogs a day are being stolen, causing “untold misery” for families at Christmas.

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Edinburgh Evening News

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The Edinburgh Evening News reports a mother welcomed a decision by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) to make a drug available to women with ovarian cancer. Jennifer Jennings told the paper the drug had given her a “new lease of life”.

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