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Scotland's papers: Javid quits after Number 10 'power grab'

Image caption Friday's Scottish front pages are dealing with the fallout over Boris Johnson's Cabinet reshuffle which saw the shock exit of his chancellor Sajid Javid. The paper reports that Javid said he had "no option" but to resign after he was ordered to sack his team of advisers and says his departure is being seen as a "Machiavellian move masterminded by Dominic Cummings".
Image caption The National claims "Cummings and Johnson take total control", saying Javid's resignation came amid rumours of tensions between the MP and Boris Johnson's chief political strategist Dominic Cummings. Asked if the caveat had been requested by Cummings, Javid said only: "Those were the conditions requested by the prime minister."
Image caption The Daily Mail publishes a "parting blast" from Mr Javid, who is said "no self-respecting minister could stay on under the circumstances". The story shares the front page with reports that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are closing their Buckingham Palace office and axing all the staff. The story says one or two employees may go back into the royal household but most are negotiating redundancy packages. It comes after they stepped down as senior working royals.
Image caption The Daily Telegraph describes the drama as Boris Johnson "bringing the Treasury to heel". A former aide of Theresa May tells the newspaper the resignation was "transparently engineered by No 10".
Image caption The Scotsman's take on the reshuffle is that Mr Javid's resignation derailed Boris Johnson's plans in "an apparent turf war" with Dominic Cummings. It reports that the chancellor had a "turbulent relationship" with Mr Cummings, who has sought to exert total control over government special advisers, decisions around spending and his management of Whitehall aides.
Image caption In the i, Mr Cummings is blamed for what it calls an "explosive rift" with the team at No. 11 Downing Street. It also reports on the other casualties of the cabinet reshuffle - including Andrea Leadsom, Esther McVey, Geoffrey Cox and Theresa Villiers. The paper says they are all "victims of the government purge".
Image caption "Boris the iron man tightens his grip" says the Scottish Daily Express. The crux of the matter, according to the paper, was Mr Javid's rejection of Mr Johnson's demand to sack the chancellor's four-strong team of Treasury advisers - and replace them with appointees from No. 10.
Image caption The Scottish Sun hears from a kitchen designer who quit her job after slamming her "sexist" bosses in a company-wide email, sent to 4,500 employees. Catherine Stewart was disciplined over sales figures then called chiefs "ungrateful, narcissistic men that don't know how to run a bath never mind a region or a store".
Image caption A story of grooming and abuse makes the front of the Glasgow Evening Times. Four men were convicted of grooming and sexually abusing a 15-year-old schoolgirl and treating her as a sex object. Judge Lord Armstrong placed all four on the sex offenders' register and deferred sentence on them until next month.
Image caption The Edinburgh Evening News reports that schools in the capital are facing "devastating cuts" in the new council budget. A teaching union warns that head teachers are going to face choosing between cutting courses, staff or resources.
Image caption A grandmother in Fife faces deportation to the Ukraine, according to The Courier. The paper says the fate of Valentyna Yakoleva lies with ministers after her visa application failed. She has lived in Tayport for 10 years, the report says, with all her close family in Scotland.
Image caption The P&J leads with the closure of a well-known hotel and wedding venue in Aberdeen. The story claims dozens of workers have been made redundant and scores of events cancelled following the sudden closure of "landmark" business The Treetops Hotel. Bosses blame "difficult trading conditions".
Image caption The Daily Star sets its own agenda with a lead story about a "BBC row" over a TV adaptation of Agatha Christie novel The Pale Horse. The drama was dubbed an "X-rated swear-fest". Fans of the murder mystery writer have "blasted" the broadcaster, the paper claims.

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