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The papers: Rail contract collapse and Tory troubles

Image caption The Scotsman reports how trains between Scotland and London on the east coast main line will be back in public hands after Virgin and Stagecoach were stripped of the franchise.
Image caption The TImes say the UK's transport secretary has been urged to act over four other rail operations that are struggling. The paper also reports on the trouble for staff at STV after the broadcaster announced 59 jobs losses.
Image caption The i newspaper writes that Stagecoach and Virgin ran up losses of £200m before Chris Grayling's intervention to terminate the rail franchise early, prompting claims of a taxpayer-funded bailout for the companies.
Image caption Conservative Rural Affairs spokesman Peter Chapman has quit over a lobbying row, says the Press and Journal. The paper also leads with questions about the decision to give a top job at Robert Gordon University to the principal's business partner.
Image caption Conservative MSP Peter Chapman was forced to resign from the Scottish Parliament after it emerged he had lobbied on behalf of a company he has a financial interest in, writes The National.
Image caption Reports suggest that Mr Chapman had a £50,000 stake in the business he lobbied for. The Daily Record also reports how two men have been jailed after an attack on a Scottish karate champion outside a nightclub.
Image caption The SNP claims that the Tories are facing "electoral Armageddon", similar to that seen in 1997, according to the lead in The Scotsman. STV presenters are pictured on the front of the paper after the broadcaster wielded the axe on its STV2 channel
Image caption Theresa May is prepared to stay tied to the EU customs union beyond 2021, writes The Telegraph. The paper also reveals that only one in six medical school applicants in Scotland gain entry, despite chronic GP shortages.
Image caption Scottish councils will spend less on fixing potholes compared with five years ago despite claims that there is a £500m backlog of repairs needed to fix the country's roads, writes the Scottish Daily Mail.
Image caption Meghan Markle's father is alone and upset in hospital after surgery for a dangerous heart condition, her sister Samantha has told the Scottish Sun.
Image caption The Daily Star dug out an old interview with the royal bride detailing the fun she had while shooting a sex scene for her TV show Suits.
Image caption Gordon Johnston paid a loving tribute to his daughter Annalise in the Press and Journal. Her body was found at the side of a road in rural Perthshire in mysterious circumstances.
Image caption Police have launched a manhunt after 85-year-old widow Rosina Coleman was murdered in her east London home.

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