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Sir Keir Starmer has insisted he is not trying to block left-wingers from standing for Labour after Diane Abbott claimed they are facing an "appalling" cull.

The Labour leader said he wants the "highest quality" candidates to stand for the party after a series of selection decisions sparked anger on the left.

Ms Abbott's own future remains uncertain after she said she wants to fight to retain her seat "as long as it is possible".

Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner said "I don't think there's any reason why Diane Abbott shouldn't stand" and the row over her future was "not a great look".

Faiza Shaheen has spoken out....

A "do not travel" alert has been issued after a freight train derailed on a major route between England and Scotland.

Services are being cancelled and delayed because of the incident on the West Coast Main Line between Carlisle and Oxenholme Lake District on Wednesday night, National Rail Enquiries added.

Some lines are blocked and a very limited train service is running on the line that remains open.

Train operators Avanti West Coast and TransPennine Express issued the "do not travel" alert, urging passengers not to attempt to use their services for journeys between Preston and Scotland on Thursday.

Ticket holders can delay journeys until Friday or travel with other operators.

Network Rail was approached for a comment.

A funeral firm at the centre of a police investigation into claims of missing ashes has been expelled from the National Association of Funeral Directors.

Following a disciplinary investigation the National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) said that A Milne Funeral Directors will be permanently excluded from the association, with immediate effect.

Detectives this month launched a probe into the now-closed business amid allegations of ashes going missing, families being given the wrong remains, and financial misconduct.

Scottish ice-cream brand launches Taylor Swift flavour: How does it taste?

All across the country, Scottish businesses are cobbling together Taylor Swift themed merch, in time for her grand The Eras Tour appearance at Edinburgh’s Scottish Gas Murrayfield Stadium from June 7-9.

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Taylor Swift fan, Abbie McDowall, tries Equi’s new limited edition Swiftie Swirl at the National Trust for Scotland’s Gladstone’s Land in Edinburgh.Taylor Swift fan, Abbie McDowall, tries Equi’s new limited edition Swiftie Swirl at the National Trust for Scotland’s Gladstone’s Land in Edinburgh.
Taylor Swift fan, Abbie McDowall, tries Equi’s new limited edition Swiftie Swirl at the National Trust for Scotland’s Gladstone’s Land in Edinburgh.
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