Scotland's papers: Tory 'treachery' and Scot swim death

UK Justice Secretary Michael Gove has been accused of committing "one of the biggest acts of treachery" after "betraying" key ally Boris Johnson to launch a surprise bid to lead the Conservative Party, says The Herald.

The National features a mocked-up image of Mr Gove cutting the string of a Boris Johnson puppet and says the former London mayor has pulled out of the race to be the next leader of the Conservative Party, after he was "stabbed in the back" by long-time friend Michael Gove.

Boris Johnson's ambition of reaching Number 10 lay in tatters last night after Michael Gove stunned Westminster by announcing he was standing for the Tory leadership, is how The Scotsman reports the story.

Meanwhile, The Times claims Mr Johnson offered to pull out of the race to become prime minister in return for an assurance from Theresa May that she would stand down before the 2020 election.

The Scottish Daily Mail describes the political drama as the most savage period of blood letting in the Conservative Party since the fall of Margaret Thatcher in 1990.

Under the headline "Brexitcuted", the Scottish Sun describes Mr Johnson's career as being "shot to pieces" by "Brexit comrade" Michael Gove.

In other news, the Daily Record reports on the death of Scot Vishal Chopra, who drowned in a swimming accident while on holiday in Bali for a family wedding. The paper says Mr Chopra was near the shore with family and friends when he got into difficulty.

The Daily Star of Scotland leads with reports that One Direction star Louis Tomlinson is fighting for joint custody of his baby boy Freddie Reign.

Politicians in Tayside are battling to save investment from the EU worth up to £10m following the Brexit vote, says The Courier.

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