Ruth Davidson has hit out at the SNP after facing new questions over her appointment as Honorary Colonel of an army reserve unit, according to The Scotsman. The paper says the Scottish Conservative leader accused nationalists of whipping up “hostile and vitriolic tirades against her” amid claims that the the military bypassed regulations to put her in the ceremonial role.
Likewise, The Daily Telegraph also leads with the story and says that Ms Davidson said she had not expected the “furious response” on social media to her new role with 32 Signal Regiment and has “poured scorn” on Dunfermline and West Fife MP Douglas Chapman, who tabled a Commons question on how her appointment was given the green light.
In other news, the SNP is facing a “diplomatic crisis”, claims The Herald, as the party comes under pressure to recognise Catalonia’s proposed independence referendum. The paper writes that party leaders have been urged by long-standing Catalan allies to formally endorse the vote, which is scheduled for this autumn despite being declared unconstitutional by Spain.
Top Tory and part-time referee, Douglas Ross, has been given the “yellow card” by constituents who accuse him of refusing to back an election pledge to support Waspi women, writes The National. The paper says the Moray MP posed just days before last month’s general election with campaigners affected by the pension age change, and promised to support the Women Against State Pension Inequality group in Moray.
The case of 11-month-old Charlie Gard leads the i newspaper’s Saturday edition. The parents of terminally-ill Charlie have been given fresh hope after Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children applied to the High Court for a fresh hearing in his case in light of claims of new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition, says the paper.
The other story dominating Scotland’s papers is the killing of Janice Farman in Mauritius. Under the headline Murdered In Paradise, the Scottish Daily Mail writes that the Scot was smothered to death in front of her 10-year-old autistic son at their home on the island.
The Daily Record also leads with the story and says the 47-year-old, who was originally from Clydebank in West Dunbartonshire, was brutally killed in the late night incident on Thursday.
British taxpayers’ cash is to be spent insuring Third World countries against the risk of natural disasters including floods and droughts, Theresa May has announced, sparking “widespread fury”, claims the Scottish Daily Express.
On the Scottish Sun’s front page, the paper proclaims Man Has Baby and details how a 21-year-old British man has made history by giving birth to baby girl thanks to a sperm donor he found on Facebook.
The Daily Star continues to devote all its attention to the ITV2 dating series Love Island and reveals that “X-rated” contestants Kem and Amber face being axed from the show after a pregnancy scare.
The Courier claims that organised crime gangs in the south of England could be linked to a £500,000 jewellery heist at Gleneagles.