Scotland

Scotland's papers: 'Chaos coalition' claims and Posh's gong

After Theresa May won the backing of more than two-thirds of the House of Commons to hold a general election on 8 June, Scotland's front pages are dominated by the first day of campaigning.

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has ruled out any post-election coalition with the SNP as his party desperately battles to save seats in England, writes The Herald.

Meanwhile, Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has appealed to tactical voters in Scotland to back her party as the "best bet" to halt the SNP's independence push, reports The Scotsman.

The National leads with Nicola Sturgeon's assertion that if the SNP gets more seats than the Tories in Scotland, it would mean the prime minister's objections to a second independence referendum would "crumble to dust".

Theresa May has ignited the first major election clash with Nicola Sturgeon by deriding the first minister's suggestion of a left-leaning "alliance", claiming that it would be nothing more than a "coalition of chaos", according to The Times.

The i newspaper also devotes its front page to the election and asserts that as the SNP won 56 of the 59 Scottish seats last time, they will inevitably be in "defensive mode" and face "acute Tory pressure" in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, where they won by only 328 votes in 2015.

The Scottish Daily Mail writes that Nicola Sturgeon "threatened" to help Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street by propping up a Labour government after the SNP leader called for a "progressive alliance" to stop Theresa May remaining in power.

Likewise, the Scottish Daily Express also focuses on the SNP leader's comments, saying that Ms Sturgeon came under fire after opening the door to a left-wing pact to stop Theresa May from returning to Number 10.

The Daily Record prints a tweet from then prime minister David Cameron, warning against a Labour government in 2015 and says the Conservatives are "spinning" the same line to voters now.

Like many of the front pages, the paper also features a photograph of former Spice Girl and current fashion designer Victoria Beckham, who was honoured with an OBE at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

A "desperate" ex-police officer was driven to the brink of suicide after claiming he was "fitted up" by a force anti-corruption squad over an attempted murder case, according to testimony from an employment tribunal printed in The Scottish Sun.

The Daily Star of Scotland devotes its front page to claims that a priest has carried out an exorcism at the old Coronation Street set after musicians preparing for a festival threatened to quit because of poltergeist attacks.

Firefighters had to rescue a man from a burning flat after what residents described as an explosion in the Dundee tenement, says The Courier.

The Press and Journal leads with a warning from an Inverness hotelier who claims that uncertainty over the future level of business rates could "paralyse" the tourist industry in the Highlands.

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