Scotland's papers: May storms away and rail delays

Theresa May has almost certainly booked her place in the final run-off to become the next Tory leader and prime minister after sweeping to victory in the first round of voting by MPs, say The Times.

Mrs May insists she is the only leadership candidate who can unite the Conservative Party and the UK after the historic decision to leave the European Union, reports the Scottish Daily Mail.

In other news, it was supposed to take just two years, instead it has taken seven, says The National as the findings of the £10m Chilcot Inquiry are finally being made public.

On the same story, The Herald quotes former first minister Alex Salmond, who has said Tony Blair and all those responsible for the "lies and failures" over the Iraq war will be held to account with the publication of the long-awaited Chilcot report.

The Scotsman quotes from a new rail report that is warning the electrification of the line between Edinburgh and Glasgow is unlikely to be completed by December this year, while "slow progress" is anticipated on improvement work to the Highland mainline and the Aberdeen to Inverness line.

The Daily Record features graphic images showing the injuries inflicted on a young mother by her violent partner as their three-week-old daughter lay just a few feet away.

The family of 72-year-old murder victim Malcolm Ballantyne, who was knifed 64 times, have branded his killer a "junkie rat", according to The Scottish Sun.

Wales will close down tonight as the nation unites to watch its biggest ever football match as the Euro 2016 "heroes" face Portugal in the semi finals, says the Daily Star of Scotland.

The Press and Journal reports that four pedestrians have been injured amid claims that a car crashed into them in Portsoy on the Moray coast.

A top lawyer is urging EU nationals living in Scotland to apply for a passport as a matter of urgency if they want to guarantee their lives in Britain following the Brexit vote, says The Courier.

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