Renfrewshire town is joined by Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea in run-off to win accolade enjoyed by Hull and Derry/Londonderry

It was, in the words of its 22-year-old MP Mhairi Black, a “cry for help” to the British government. And it seems to have worked: the Scottish town of Paisley has been shortlisted to be the UK City of Culture 2021.

Scotland’s largest town will face Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea in the run-off for the accolade after the 11 places bidding for consideration were whittled down to five.

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