Scotland’s papers: ‘I didn’t do it’ claims sacked Willliamson

The sacking of Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson over the leak of details from a meeting of the National Security Council makes many of Thursday's front pages. The Scotsman quotes from a letter the prime minister wrote to Mr Williamson saying an inquiry into the leak had found "compelling evidence suggesting your responsibility for the unauthorised disclosure".
The sacking of Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson over the leak of details from a meeting of the National Security Council makes many of Thursday’s front pages. The Scotsman quotes from a letter the prime minister wrote to Mr Williamson saying an inquiry into the leak had found “compelling evidence suggesting your responsibility for the unauthorised disclosure”.
The Times Scotland
The Times Scotland says Mr Williamson denies any involvement and has blamed a vendetta for his sacking. The report says the MP later denied calling the inquiry a “witch-hunt” and a “kangaroo court with a summary execution”.
The Daily Telegraph
“You’ve got the wrong man” is the headline in the Daily Telegraph’s version of events. The broadsheet, which originally broke the story of plans to let Chinese telecoms giant Huawei help build the UK’s 5G mobile network, says Mr Williamson claimed he was the victim of a “stitch-up” and said a police investigation would clear his name.
Scottish Daily Mail
“I didn’t do it” is the Scottish Daily Mail’s headline as the paper claims Mr Williamson “swears on his children’s lives” he was not responsible for the leak over the government’s proposed contract with Huawei.
i
The i newspaper lists bullet points on the story of Mr Williamson’s sacking. The paper claims the prime minister has lost confidence in him, that there are calls for a criminal investigation and that Mr Williamson says he is a victim of a “kangaroo court”.
Scottish Daily Express
A strong headline: “Sacked for treachery” graces the Scottish Daily Express front page. The paper says Mr Williamson was sacked after an inquiry found “compelling evidence” he was to blame for the leak of highly sensitive information.
The Herald
The Herald doesn’t lead with the cabinet sacking, choosing instead the “climate emergency”. The story about a new environmental report says urgent changes to lifestyles in Britain are needed to help save the world from a “climate catastrophe” and that government advisers want the UK to cut greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050.
The National
The National also runs with Scotland’s “blueprint for a climate revolution” after ministers backed the tough new targets, which could see the country become carbon neutral by 2040. The government has lodged amendments to the Climate Change Bill, which will set a legally binding target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 at the latest.
The Scottish Sun
The Scottish Sun’s lead tells the tale of a “drunk Scot” who stole a digger to ramraid a shop cash machine – but who fled with just three bottles of whisky after causing £45,000 of damage. The paper reports that Duncan Elrick, 35, “trashed” the Spar store in Keith, Moray, after an all-day drinking session and was yesterday jailed for the crime.
Daily Record
Another court story makes the front of Thursday’s Daily Record. The headline “Big Mac and coke” refers to two men who were jailed after snorting white powder from a table at a McDonald’s restaurant in Kilmarnock.
P&J
The P&J reports on new figures which show hundreds of children walked out of council care in the north-east last year. A care charity tells the paper children could be running away from “controlling environments”.
Edinburgh Evening News
The go-ahead for a new Johnnie Walker whisky centre in Princes Street is the top story in the Edinburgh Evening News.
Daily Star of Scotland
And the Daily Star of Scotland avoids the politics, revealing Happy Mondays star Shaun Ryder has been talking about a “close encounter” with aliens in tiny spider spaceships.