Scottish Newspapers: ‘Wine Fridays’ in Downing Street

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Saturday’s front pages are dominated by the latest allegations of parties in Downing Street while lockdown restrictions were in place. ‘Boris’ wine time Fridays’ is the headline of The Daily Record, along with a picture of a £142 ‘alcohol fridge’ which is said to have been used for events.

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The Scottish Sun leads with the apologies to the Queen by Downing Street officials in relation to the parties. Another person who should apologize to the Queen is her second eldest son, the Duke of York, the Sun says. The newspaper claims the No 10 apology is ‘putting pressure’ on Prince Andrew to apologize to his mother.

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The Daily Express maintains that the Queen “deserves better than this”. A photograph of the Queen sitting alone at her husband’s funeral features on the front page – an image in stark contrast to the behavior of No 10 staff at parties the day before, critics say.

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The Scottish Daily Mail is also issuing an apology to the Queen after it was revealed that two parties had been held at No 10 the night before the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

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The Times claims cabinet ministers warned the Prime Minister he was in the ‘last chance parlour’. The newspaper also says Sue Gray, who is investigating the parties, was left “blind” to the new revelations.

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“PM wounded” is the headline of the i weekend, as the newspaper reports that Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss “wooed” Tory MPs this week in preparation for a leadership race.

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The Telegraph reports that the Prime Minister is preparing a management response, with his allies systematically reaching out to Tory MPs. The document also reveals that Plan B Covid restrictions in England are set to be lifted in 11 days.

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The National fears that the Civil Service investigation into the various parties that have taken place during the lockdown may ‘let corruption off the hook’.

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The Herald also leads the parties, reporting how a former Covid task force leader organized drinks at the Cabinet Office in December 2020.

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The Daily Star asks if anyone was working at No 10 during the pandemic as it also leads on Kate Josephs, the former head of the Covid task force, admitting she hosted drinks at the Cabinet Office in December 2020.

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The only national newspaper not to lead the lockdown parties is The Scotsman which instead features its FOI victory over the Scottish Government over data on the potential number of deaths and cases caused by the second wave of Covid.

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The Dundee Evening Telegraph tells the story of a lost wedding ring found stuck to a pushchair.

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A slur directed at a councilor during a vote on the future of Aberdeen’s Union Street is at the center of the city’s Evening Express.

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A woman who helped two injured elderly people in the space of a day is front-page news in the Edinburgh Evening News.

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The threat to close the Perth office of Ovo Energy, which employs around 700 people, is the lead story in the Perthshire edition of The Courier.

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The front page of The Glasgow Times features CCTV footage of a thief who stole a riding mower from a Glasgow charity.

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The press and newspaper report that 14 people are facing alleged historic betting offenses by the Scottish FA. Inverness striker Caley Thistle Shane Sutherland is listed, along with six current Elgin City players in Aiden Sopel, Conor O’Keefe, Darryl McHardy, Matthew Cooper, Thomas McHale and Rabin Omar.

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