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Scotland's papers: Sturgeon vows to remain FM and education 'crisis'

Image caption The Scotsman leads with Nicola Sturgeon's determination to remain as first minister and lead the SNP into the 2021 Holyrood elections. The SNP leader told the Andrew Marr programme on Sunday she believed she had the support of "party and of country" to hold her post.
Image caption The National also leads with the first minister's insistence that she is "still the best person for this job". The paper says Ms Sturgeon "hit back" at claims she could be forced to stand down. The paper adds that she is still working towards holding a second referendum on independence this year.
Image caption The Herald reports that the Scottish government's education secretary, John Swinney, has been criticised for "ignoring" a "crisis in education". The paper says he has "praised an initiative aimed at closing the attainment gap despite a government report concluding that it is widening".
Image caption The four UK nationals who have tested positive for coronavirus are the focus of the i's front page. It says there was "fury" following the diagnoses. Each of the new cases were passengers on the virus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan - and were flown back to the UK with dozens of other Britons.
Image caption Experts have warned of an "impending pandemic" after "an explosion" of coronavirus cases in Iran and South Korea as well as the new cases in Italy and the UK, the Daily Telegraph reports. A senior medical academic tells the paper it is "honest" to accept "all the important ingredients for a pandemic are now present".
Image caption The Scottish Daily Mail reports that Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has backed a campaign for "Suzanne's Law", to keep killers in jail who will not reveal the location of their victim's body. The law is named after Suzanne Pilley, whose remains have never been found.
Image caption According to The Scottish Sun, three men have been arrested after police were alerted to indecent images involving humans, horses and ponies. Several animals have been removed by officials following searches of farms and stables.
Image caption A private medical clinic in Glasgow was banned from taking blood samples and giving vaccinations after inspectors raised “immediate concerns” about hygiene, the Glasgow Evening Times reports. The paper says the Medical Suite Scotland was criticised by Healthcare Improvement Scotland for the conditions in its city centre clinic.
Image caption A mum who has been diagnosed with cancer five times has launched a fundraising appeal for vital treatment, the Edinburgh Evening News reports.
Image caption The Press and Journal tells of the "horrifying" abuse MPs face - both on social media and in person. The paper notes that official statistics revealed the number of crimes committed against MPs more than doubled in 2019.

Sturgeon vows to remain FM and education 'crisis'

Image caption The Scottish Daily Express warns that Boris Johnson has been warned not to "clobber" drivers by putting up fuel duty. According to the paper, the prime minister has been warned that the "blue-collar communities" who voted Conservative for the first time in last year's election will be hit hardest by increasing tax on fuel.
Image caption Meanwhile the home secretary has demanded an inquiry into leaks after claims emerged that MI5 bosses do not trust her, the Times reports. Priti Patel is "absolutely livid" about the "hostile briefings", a source tells the paper - and is determined to find out how they happened.
Image caption A quarrel between a Coronation Street actor and his ex-wife's new partner makes the front page of the Daily Star. Alan Halsall slammed Lucy-Jo Hudson's new partner for referring to the divorced couple's daughter as "our Sienna" in an Instagram post.
Image caption The Courier's front page features a first aid campaign the paper is launching. It wants to see mandatory first aid training introduced for school pupils.

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