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Keir Starmer says Labour “blew the doors off” with its landslide win in yesterday’s Rutherglen and Hamilton West by-election. Scottish Labour candidate Michael Shanks took 58.5% to the SNP’s 27.6%, a 20.4% swing since 2019. “Whisper it,” says Politico, “but some are now wondering aloud if Labour can regain the primacy over the SNP it lost so disastrously in 2015.” Taylor Swift’s forthcoming movie has become a blockbuster a week before anyone has even seen it. Taylor Swift: Eras Tour, which will be released next Friday, has racked up $100m in advance ticket sales, meaning it is already the most profitable concert film in history. A giant albino rat and a baby otter (below) sparked panic on board a flight from Bangkok to Taiwan after escaping from a passenger’s hand luggage in mid-air. When the plane landed in Taipei, officials found “28 star turtles, one marmot, two otters and two other as-yet-unidentified rodents”.