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Scotland’s papers: Cancer warning and tributes to Doddie Weir

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Research has found almost 5,000 extra cancer cases are linked to deprivation in Scotland, The Herald reports. Cancer Research UK has called for “unacceptable” inequalities to be combatted as it warned those in more deprived areas are at a higher risk from smoking and obesity, as well as being more likely be diagnosed at a later stage.

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The Scottish Daily Express leads on the “shocking” report, which found cancer screening uptake is also far lower in more deprived communities. The paper also features a tribute to Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir, who died on Saturday aged 52.

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Doddie Weir is hailed as a “magical human being” in the Scotsman. The former Scotland international died six years after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease. The paper also warns one in four Scottish visitor attractions are considering cutting opening hours due to soaring operating costs and a drop in audience numbers.

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Weir is dubbed “inspirational” by the Edinburgh Evening News. The former rugby star raised more than £8m through his My Name’5 Doddie foundation following his MND diagnosis.

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In the Scottish Daily Mail, former Scotland captain Jason White pays tribute to his old teammate. The paper also reports on a potential legal bid against the Scottish government which argues using public money on a campaign for a second independence referendum is unlawful.

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That position is contested in The National, which hears from a public law expert Professor Aileen McHarg. Meanwhile, the paper reports the SNP’s depute leader has ruled out dissolving Holyrood and using a Holyrood election as a “de facto” independence referendum.

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The Telegraph reports UK ministers have asked Whitehall officials to investigate whether public money can be used in “a policy area the court unanimously ruled was reserved to Westminster” in last week’s Supreme Court judgement on Holyrood’s ability to legislate for a second referendum. Also leading several of Monday’s papers is the growing discontent in China as protesters clash with police over the country’s strict zero-Covid policies.

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The latest unrest, reported by Metro, follows a protest in the north-western city of Urumqi, where 10 people died in a tower block fire. Protesters have blamed lockdown rules for hampering rescue efforts, but authorities deny this.

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The Times says the demonstrations have shaken the country from “Beijing to Shanghai”. The paper also features an interview with the UN special rapporteur on violence against women and girls, who has expressed concerns about reforms to gender recognition laws in Scotland.

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The i reports Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is facing mounting pressure on multiple fronts. The PM is due to make decisions on issues such as energy, housing, policing and transport, the paper says, adding that it is understood that Mr Sunak is considering U-turning on his promise to ban onshore wind. Former Chancellor George Osborne has warned the UK government is “not in control” of events.

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The Daily Record leads on the news that Matt Hancock faces a “showdown” with Conservative Party chiefs after returning from I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! The sitting MP left the jungle on Sunday after finishing third.

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Former health secretary Matt Hancock is now plotting a career in showbusiness, the Scottish Sun reports.

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The Daily Star warns that it’s time to wrap up warm as “the Beast from the East is to blast in from Russia”.

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A new documentary claims witnesses may have overheard a man threatening Alistair Wilson before he was shot dead at his doorstep in Nairn, according to the Press and Journal. The notorious murder remains unsolved after 18 years.

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The Glasgow Times leads on a warning from a senior GMB official that cuts to community enforcement officers and mobile CCTV vans are “putting Glaswegians at risk”.

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Perth SNP councillor John Rebbeck is facing calls to resign after liking a social media post showing a cartoon image of a woman gagged, blindfolded and pinned down by two men with Union flags on their shirt sleeves, The Courier reports. The post claims Scotland has been “occupied” by the British state.

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Dundee Winterfest has opened after being delayed as a result of equipment for the ice rink being held up at customs, the Evening Telegraph reports.

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