Scotland

Scotland's papers: MP's rape hell and Bruce's face

Unsparing revelations by MP Michelle Thomson that she was raped aged 14 are to be investigated by Police Scotland, reports The Herald.

The i paper says the independent MP moved fellow MPs to tears as she told how she spent years silently dealing with the aftermath of the event, when someone she was familiar with raped her after drawing her to a wooded area near where she lived.

The Scottish Daily Mail says the 51-year-old described the rape as "mercifully quick" but said she carried the "guilt, anger, fear, sadness and bitterness" of the attack for years - and chose to keep it from her mother before she died as "an act of love" to protect her.

In her moving testimony, delivered in an eight-minute speech to a hushed chamber, Ms Thomson recounted how she was attacked by someone she knew as they walked home from a youth event, says the Daily Record.

In other news, the Scotsman leads with claims from the UK Supreme Court that the 309-year-old Act of Union prevents the UK government from triggering Brexit without consulting MPs and MSPs.

US President Barack Obama has led tributes to the astronaut and former senator John Glenn, after it was announced that the first American to orbit the Earth had died at the age of 95.

The National devotes its front page to an image of Robert the Bruce, which has been recreated by scientists using measurements from what is thought to be his skull. The paper says it is a "strong face, a powerful male face, the face of a warrior". But asks is it the face of a king?

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told MSPs she would offer no excuses for schools' worst ever performance in an international survey, according to the Scottish Daily Express.

Like many of Friday's front pages, The Scottish Sun reports how Rolling Stones front man, Sir Mick Jagger has become a father for the eighth time. The paper claims the 73-year-old made a dramatic transatlantic dash to see the birth of his latest child.

The Daily Star of Scotland claims there are calls for the BBC to sack Craig Revel Horwood from Strictly Come Dancing after he made controversial remarks on the show.

A local councillors has described the practice of shared burial plots in Dundee as being like "something out of a Charles Dickens novel" after figures showed 76 people had been buried in unmarked graves in recent years, writes The Courier.

A 17-storey tower block could be built on Aberdeen's Union Street to encourage people to move back into the city centre, according to the Press and Journal.

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