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Scotland’s papers: Inquiry call over Russian meddling in UK politics


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Scotland’s papers: Inquiry call over Russian meddling in UK politics

Image caption The row over a report that highlighted how Russia tried to influence the indyref and Brexit votes is the lead story in many of the Scottish papers. The Herald says there are calls for both elections to be independently investigated, with senior British intelligence officers warning Russian meddling is now the “new normal…

Scotland’s papers: Inquiry call over Russian meddling in UK politics

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The row over a report that highlighted how Russia tried to influence the indyref and Brexit votes is the lead story in many of the Scottish papers. The Herald says there are calls for both elections to be independently investigated, with senior British intelligence officers warning Russian meddling is now the “new normal ”

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The Scotsman reports on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saying the Scottish government would back a full inquiry into whether Russia influenced the 2014 Scottish independence referendum campaign.

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However, the Daily Express criticises Ms Sturgeon for “refusing to order her own” investigation into the allegations that Russia wanted to see the break-up the UK.

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Westminster’s intelligence watchdog says Vladimir Putin’s government “tried to influence discussions” on Scottish independence in the first Russian interference in a Western democratic election since the break-up of the Soviet Union, according to the paper.

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Westminster MPs’ assessment that Britain must face up to Moscow shows the “rise of Russia in UK politics”, according to the i. The paper reports Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab as saying the government “will be resolute in defending our country”.

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The National says a group of Tory MPs have formed a club aimed at pushing Boris Johnson to be even more pro-Union, as the prime minister prepares to visit Scotland.

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The Daily Record has an interview with the son of a woman from Dumfries who was found dead on the Greek island of Crete 11 years ago. Jean Hanlon’s family have vowed to find out how their mother died after Greek police said the case was closed.

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The Daily Telegraph leads with remarks by visiting US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, who the paper says told MPs the head of the World Health Organization has been effectively “bought” by China. The paper also reports that Boris Johnson has ordered his Cabinet to launch a “charm offensive in Scotland”.

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Sidestepping Russia and Scottish independence, the Scottish edition of the Daily Star leads with a man who stole 64 Creme Eggs from a shop in Dundee being jailed.

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The Dundee Evening Telegraph goes with the same story, saying the chocolate thief had 66 previous convictions.

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The Press and Journal says victory in a 15-year safety campaign to upgrade a section of the A90 in Aberdeenshire could be delayed after four objections to the roads project were lodged.

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The Courier leads with a Perth-based taxi driver being forced into self-isolation after a passenger told him she had tested positive for coronavirus 20 miles into a journey.

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The Glasgow Times leads with a shielding couple having to sanitise their home after care visits, with claims that Glasgow’s Home Care Service are sending 12 different members of staff to see them every week.

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The Evening Express reports on a teenage rapist who attacked a schoolgirl in Aberdeenshire being jailed for three years and nine months.

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The Edinburgh News focuses on its own investigation after new figures revealed nearly a third of primary schools in the Lothians have gone 10 years or more without an inspection from Education Scotland.

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