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Labour MP deselected

Labour MP Max Madden last night lost his bid to fight his seat at the general election. Mr Madden announced more than two years ago that he planned to retire, but changed his mind last summer.

Labour's ruling National Executive Committee then decided that he should compete to stand for his Bradford West seat. He came third out of four in a ballot.

Marsha Singh, an NHS manager, was selected as the new prospective parliamentary candidate.