Scotland's only pro-independence newspaper has responded in the best possible way to being 'banned' from attending Theresa May's press conference at a leather factory in the Bridge of Weir.

The Number 10 press office said that The National were banned from attending and asking questions at the brief press conference because of 'limited capacity', reports The Herald.

However, Downing Street's decision to withdraw access from the newspaper has drawn criticism from across the political spectrum, with SNP MSP George Adam saying the PM is 'running feart', a Scottish-Irish word meaning 'afraid', and political commentators on Sky News calling it 'Trumpesque'.

The now-viral front page features a silhouette of Mrs May, with the strap-line:

We were not allowed in to her press event with the other newspapers. We have refused to cover it.

Taking to Twitter to share its front page, The National wrote:

Tomorrow's front page: This is where we would have reported on Theresa May's visit to Scotland. We were barred from her press conference with the other newspapers, so we have refused to cover it.

The front page has quickly gone viral, with many sharing it to show their support for a free press.

The decision to exclude The National from the press conference came just two weeks after the paper's reporters were denied a chance to question the prime minister's de-facto deputy, David Lidington, when he visited Scotland.

The Cabinet Office claimed that the newspaper was not on their mailing list, although The National dispute this, according to its sister paper The Herald.

HT The Herald

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