Scotland's papers: Sturgeon 'poll blow' and shark attack hero


Nicola Sturgeon has suggested she could lose a "swathe of seats" in the general election and still claim a "win" by getting more votes and seats than any other party, writes The Herald, which reports on a new poll suggesting increased support for the Conservatives in Scotland.

The Scottish Daily Mail also focuses on the polls and claims that Nicola Sturgeon's "dream of breaking up Britain" had been dealt a blow after a survey by Kantar found support for independence had fallen to 40%.

The SNP was left "reeling" as it was revealed support for independence was at its lowest level in more than two years, is how the Scottish Daily Express reports the story.

However, The National reports that the Scottish Independence Convention is urging pro-independence political parties to make clear in their manifestos that a return of a majority of independence supporting MPs would provide a mandate to hold a second referendum.

A leaked email has revealed how a major Scottish hospital came close to "meltdown" as 36 patients waited up to 17 hours in the accident and emergency department for admission to a bed, according to The Scotsman.

Britain will have to settle a demand for 2bn euros over its failure to tackle customs fraud before it can agree a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU, senior Brussels sources have told The Times.

Labour would make access to the single market - and not ending freedom of movement - its key objective in talks over Britain's departure from the European Union, according to the i newspaper.

Outside of politics, The Scottish Sun reports how a hero husband fought off a deadly shark by repeatedly punching it as it attacked his wife in the South Atlantic.

Rangers chiefs had no idea where Craig Whyte sourced the cash to fund his takeover of the club, says the Daily Record as it reports on the High Court case in Glasgow.

Claims that foodbank use rose 25% in Perth last year have been described as a "damning indictment" of the UK government, according to Tayside MP Stewart Hosie, whose words feature on the front page of The Courier.

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