Scotland

Scotland's papers: Scottish Labour's 'civil war'

Jeremy Corbyn's promise of unity under Scottish Labour's next leader has been "blown apart" by the party descending into civil war, says The Herald, amid claims of "plotting and personal abuse".

The Scotsman also writes that the party was in open civil war on the day that Mr Corbyn declared that Labour was "on the way back" north of the border, with supporters of both leadership candidates "openly trading insults".

The trouble began, writes The National, when a recording emerged of caretaker leader Alex Rowley telling an American student, at the UK Labour conference in Brighton, that the left wing of the party had been trying to force former leader Kezia Dugdale out.

Mr Rowley also admitted that he backed Richard Leonard to succeed Ms Dugdale over rival candidate Anas Sarwar, despite previously saying he was "neutral", according to the i newspaper.

The Daily Telegraph writes that Mr Leonard's campaign has denied any wrongdoing, but Mr Sarwar's allies said he must "come clean" about whether or not he knew of a plot against Ms Dugdale. The paper adds that both he and Mr Rowley are enthusiastic supporters of Jeremy Corbyn.

The other story preoccupying Scotland's front pages is the decision by Ryanair to axe thousands of flights. The Times says the airline faces prosecution for "misleading" passengers after 400,000 more travellers were dragged into the chaos over cancelled flights.

The Daily Record writes that Ryanair has "heaped more misery on suffering customers" by scrapping winter holiday flights from Scotland. The paper reports how the crisis-hit budget airline are grounding 25 of their 400 aircraft from November until March next year.

Under the headline Flyin' Shame, The Scottish Sun claims that the troubled firm stands accused of "treating Scots with contempt" as it suspended popular routes, including Glasgow to Las Palmas and Edinburgh to Hamburg and Szczecin in Poland.

"Plane Crazy" is how the Daily Star sees the firm's decision to cancel up to 50 flights a day in a move that will affect up to 400,000 passengers.

In other news, the Daily Express leads with a warning from the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association that up to three million savers who pay into final salary pension schemes have only a 50% chance of receiving their full payout because of the scale of pension fund deficits.

The Daily Mail claims it is a "lifesaver" after the Scottish government agreed to launch an awareness-raising drive highlighting the dangers of sepsis following a campaign by the paper.

The Dundee edition of The Courier reports how a man has appeared in court charged with murdering local labourer Gordon Adams with a knife, after allegedly firing at him with a bow and arrow.

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