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Scotland's papers: 'Brace yourselves' for lockdown and Labour 'split'

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image captionThe threat of a second national lockdown dominates many of the front pages. The Scottish Sun says the first minister has put Scotland "on standby for blanket Level 4 rules" after setting out restrictions for all 32 council areas. It would mean near-full lockdown with only schools and essential shops remaining open.
image captionThe Daily Mail says Nicola Sturgeon has not ruled out forcing the whole country into the toughest level of restrictions as early as next month. No area of Scotland has yet been placed in Level 4, with the central belt and Dundee in Level 3.
image captionThe Daily Express says the first minister has ordered "an effective travel" ban by warning Scots not to travel out of their own council area unless absolutely necessary. Ms Sturgeon has warned that if people don't abide by the rules, and coronavirus spreads from high to low prevalence areas, then a differentiated approach "will be unsustainable".
image captionThe Daily Record also focuses on the "stay local" plea. It also reports the first minister saying the best chance for Scots to enjoy something approaching a normal Christmas was to abide by the rules now.
image captionThe Scotsman takes a different line by saying nearly a million Scots are likely to take the first steps out of lockdown within the next two weeks. The paper highlights Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Borders as areas which could be "downgraded" to levels 1 or 2 if the latest Covid spike is suppressed.
image captionElsewhere, several papers lead with the suspension of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn from the party over his reaction to a report on anti-Semitism. The Herald says the move has sparked fears of "chaos" in the party and warnings from union leaders that a split Labour "will be doomed" to election defeat.
image captionThe i describes the report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission as "damning", finding that the party broke the law three times under his leadership. Mr Corbyn was suspended after he rejected some of its findings and claimed the issue was overstated for political reasons, the paper reports.
image captionThe "shaming" of Mr Corbyn has sparked a "Labour civil war" according to the Telegraph. MPs, unions and members loyal to the former party leader have demanded his reinstatement, with some union figures discussing the possibility of forming a breakaway party, the paper says.
image captionLabour leader Sir Keir Starmer now faces "a battle for the soul of the Labour Party" and a struggle to keep different factions together, according to the Times. Len McCluskey, a key ally of Mr Corbyn and general secretary of the Unite union, condemned the suspension as "an act of grave injustice" and warned it would "create chaos within the party", compromising its chances of a general election victory, the paper reports.
image captionThe National says UK government minister Michael Gove has been trying to set up an anti-Scottish independence unit for five months. The paper says the process has descended into "chaos" because Whitehall blocked Mr Gove's attempts to staff it with civil servants.
image captionThe Daily Star says kids' TV favourite Basil Brush is backing its campaign urging Sky and Uefa to help make Scotland's Euro play-off final against Serbia next month free to view.
image captionThe Glasgow Times reports on the non-essential travel ban which will hit the city as part of the government's lockdown guidelines. Glasgow and the rest of the central belt have been placed in the second-highest level of restrictions.
image captionThe Press and Journal reports on much of the north east of Scotland being placed in Level 2 - which local business leaders say is "the worst of both worlds". However, it also says hopes are high that parts of the north and Moray could be the first areas to have curbs eased.
image captionThe Courier leads with a warning that Ninewells hospital in Dundee could run out of beds in just six weeks if the new, stricter Level 3 rules for the city do not slow down hospital admissions.
image captionThe Edinburgh News says the future of Lothian Buses is "more and more fragile". Concerns have been raised about its survival beyond the Covid-19 pandemic as restrictions on travel "continue to bite the publicly-owned bus operator hard".
image captionThe Evening Express leads on the case of a man who has been jailed after a bust-up in a supermarket when he was challenged by staff for not sticking to its one-way system for shoppers.
  • Daily Record
  • The Herald
  • The Scotsman
  • The Scottish Sun
  • The National
  • The Times
  • Daily Mail
  • Daily Express
  • Daily Star
  • Edinburgh Evening News
  • Glasgow Evening Times
  • Aberdeen Evening Express
  • Dundee Evening Telegraph