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An update from North Ayrshire, where the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is campaigning.

He has highlighted the work of the local Labour-run council, which has stepped in to provide meals for children during the school holidays, saying: “Councils shouldn’t be forced to be the last line of defence against austerity.”

Scotland desperately needs a Labour government in Holyrood. The SNP has passed on Tory cuts to local communities.

Labour councils, like North Ayrshire, are stepping in and doing what they can but councils shouldn’t be forced to be the last line of defence against austerity. Labour in power in Holyrood would unlock the potential of devolution to deliver across Scotland.

Scotland Yard said its counter-terrorism command was investigating the incident on the Parliamentary estate. A spokesman said:

At approximately 11.36am on Tuesday 13 February, police were informed of a suspicious package that had been delivered to an office within the Palace of Westminster. Police are at the scene and dealing [with it].

The letter contained a white powder, which is currently being assessed by specialists. The office remains closed at this time, but the rest of the Palace of Westminster is open.

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