Scotland

Scotland's papers: The Sun backs SNP and alcohol tests for newborns

In a striking front page, The Scottish Sun voices its support for the SNP and it urges its readers to "stick with Nicola Sturgeon".

In a Star Trek-themed front page, it called on readers to return Nicola Sturgeon's party to government, and urged the SNP leader to use Holyrood's new powers to deliver change for Scotland.

Ms Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister John Swinney, and External Affairs Minister Humza Yousaf are depicted as members of Star Trek's USS Enterprise spaceship, with the headline To Boldly Go.

The paper says: "Attention First Minister, it's time to set maximum warp speed and steer Scotland to the stars."

The paper endorsed the SNP ahead of last year's general election and before the 2011 Scottish election, in which the party gained a majority at Holyrood.

Elsewhere, The Herald reports that newborn babies are being tested for alcohol after researchers found that pregnant mothers from all walks of life are drinking regularly.

Meanwhile the death of a construction worker on the new Queensferry Crossing makes headlines in The Courier and the Daily Star.

In the Daily Record, the story of a Scots grandmother, her husband and son, who were badly injured when they were attacked in Thailand, makes the front page.

The Scottish Daily Mail, Scottish Daily Express and the Scotsman report criticisms of the SNP's business rates policy by five leading trade bodies.

A major fire at a commercial mill near Inverurie is splashed on the front page of the Aberdeenshire edition of The Press and Journal.

The National is one of a number of newspapers which pictures former London mayor Ken Livingstone on its front page.

In The Times, former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg has launched a "ferocious assault on the Conservatives' claim to be guardians of the Union".

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