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Rooney dropped from starting line up

Wayne Rooney Credit: PA Images

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney has been left out of the starting line-up to face Leicester at Old Trafford today.

Subject of much criticism and scrutiny this season, the 30-year-old's place in the starting line-up has been widely debated.

Rooney started last Sunday's Premier League game at Watford and against Northampton in midweek in the EFL Cup, but United manager Jose Mourinho today named him among the substitutes.

Mourinho made eight changes to the side that won at Sixfields on Wednesday, with Chris Smalling, Daley Blind and Ander Herrera retaining their place.

Mourinho said Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw were available in the build-up, but neither were in the squad. The latter is understood not to have recovered in time from a small groin tear.

Fans to unfurl Corbyn banner on the Kop

Kop end at Anfield Credit: PA Images

Labour-backing Liverpool football fans are to unfurl a banner bearing Jeremy Corbyn's face at Anfield, shortly after his expected re-election as leader at the party's conference in the city.

In a message to Labour MPs to get behind their leader, the banner includes the slogan: "What unites us is greater than what divides us".

The picture of Mr Corbyn above the single word "Hope" features alongside the face of shadow chancellor John McDonnell and symbols of causes including the Hillsborough Justice Campaign, the Orgreave miners, the jailed Shrewsbury 24 pickets and blacklisted workers.

Roy Bentham, co-secretary of the Blacklist Support Group, said the banner would be displayed on the Kop ahead of Liverpool's home Premier League clash with Hull City, kicking off three hours after the announcement of Labour's leadership election result.

"The banner is really about recognition for Jeremy and John's tireless efforts in campaigning for social justice wherever that may be," said Mr Bentham.

"We are proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them as they have with us on our long paths to justice."

– Roy Bentham, Blacklist Support Group


Former Coronation Street actress chosen as Labour candidate to replace Jo Cox

Tracy Brabin Credit: PA Images

Former Coronation Street actress Tracy Brabin has been selected as the Labour candidate in the Batley and Spen by-election, which was called following the death of Jo Cox MP.

The West Yorkshire seat has been vacant since Mrs Cox was shot and stabbed to death in June.

Ms Brabin was born in Batley and worked with Mrs Cox on her campaign to save the town's library.

The TV star played Tricia Armstrong in Coronation Street in the 1990s before appearing as Roxy Drake in EastEnders.

More recently, she plated vicar Ashley's love interest Carole in Emmerdale.

She has also written for shows including Family Affairs, Tracy Beaker and Hollyoaks.

Jo Cox Credit: PA Images

"I'm humbled and privileged. Obviously no-one wanted this, but I'm the only person on the ballot paper that can stand up for everyone in Batley and Spen."

– Tracy Brabin

Cycle in memory of tragic Warrington musician

River Reeves (second left) died with his band mates and manager in February Credit: Viola Beach

Friends and relatives of Viola Beach musician River Reeves are cycling from Penzance to his home town of Warrington to raise money for the foundation in his memory. River died along with his band mates and their manager in a crash while they were on tour in Sweden in February. His family has already staged a music festival and are now doing the 410 mile trek hoping to raise £10,000 to help other artists pursue their careers.

Man due in court charged with Accrington murder

A man's due in court charged with the murder of a charity volunteer at his home in Lancashire. Raich Keith Alcock who was 52 was found collapsed at his flat on Arnold Street in Accrington earlier this month. He died in Preston Hospital after suffering a fractured skull. Christopher Singleton will appear at Preston Magistrates court this morning. He is 36 and of no fixed abode. A man aged 44 who was arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting the murder has been bailed until next month. The victim was a volunteer for charities in Accrington.


Labour leader announced as delegates arrive in Liverpool

The result of the Labour leadership ballot is to be announced later as party members gather for the annual conference in Liverpool. Jeremy Corbyn is clear favourite to retain his job at the head of the party after a bitter battle with Morecambe-born Welsh MP Owen Smith.

Jeremy Corbyn is expected to win the contest with Owen Smith comfortably Credit: PA

Amid calls for unity among party members there are still bitter divisions in Wallasey where the MP Angela Eagle faces calls for deselection after she challenged Mr Corbyn in the early stages of a rebellion by fellow Shadow Cabinet members. This conference in Liverpool's waterfront ACC arena will be one of the party's most closely watched gatherings in decades.

Wallasey MP Angela Eagle pulled out of the race to make way for a challenge from Owen Smith Credit: PA

Smith heads to Merseyside with message for supporters

Hours from the announcement of the Labour leadership election, Owen Smith has sent a thank you message to his supporters and campaign team. Party members are gathering in Liverpool for their annual conference. The result of the contest between Smith and Jeremy Corbyn will be revealed tomorrow.

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