Scotland

Scotland's papers: May's 'Labour appeal' and Chhokar killer convicted

Theresa May's "big pitch" for the centre ground of British politics has been overshadowed by a major row over immigration in which the Conservative government has been branded "vindictive" and "xenophobic", says The Herald.

The Times Scotland writes that Mrs May has "called time" on cheap money, rogue bosses and rigged markets in an appeal to working-class families, who she said had "borne the brunt" of the financial crash.

Under the headline Disgusting Xenophobic Repellent, The National quotes the prime minister saying the "quiet revolution" of Brexit has left Britain with "a once-in-a-generation chance to change" as she closed her first Conservative Party conference as leader.

Meanwhile, The Scotsman quotes senior economists who have warned that Scotland is facing a "disastrous" post-Brexit economic slump with an £8bn loss in GDP and tens of thousands of jobs disappearing over the next decade.

The i quotes the same study and says up to 80,000 Scots could lose their jobs if the UK government pursues a "hard" Brexit from the EU, according to what the paper describes as the "first detailed study" of the potential impact of the process on the Scottish economy.

The Scottish Daily Mail focuses on the family of Surjit Singh Chhokar, who have spoken of their relief after a jury found Ronnie Coulter guilty of his murder, almost 18 years after the crime.

A killer is facing a life sentence after finally being brought to justice for a murder committed 18 years ago, says the Scottish Daily Express.

The Scottish Sun writes that victim Surjit Singh Chhokar's brave family have been hailed for their "dogged pursuit of justice" for the murdered waiter - as killer Ronnie Coulter was branded an "evil coward".

Surjit Singh Chhokar was beaten with a lead-filled chair leg before Ronnie Coulter stabbed him through the heart over a stolen giro, says the Daily Record.

The Daily Star of Scotland leads with the news that Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli has "quit" the show over what the paper describes as "fix claims".

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