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Virgin West Coast train firm stops selling Daily Mail

Virgin West Coast train firm stops selling Daily Mail

Virgin trains and the Daily Mail have become embroiled in a spat after the rail company said it would no longer stock the newspaper on its trains because it was "not compatible with the Virgin Trains brand and our beliefs".

"The Daily Mail is free to print what it likes within the law", the organisation said Wednesday, adding: "Virgin Trains is free to choose which newspaper it does or doesn't stock".

Virgin Trains stopped selling the paper on its West Coast services - which runs from London to Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Scotland - in November 2017.

Virgin's memo went on to deem the newspaper "not at all compatible" with Mr. Branson's worldview.

A spokesperson for Virgin said it regularly reviewed products sold on its trains, adding that "after listening to feedback from our people" it made a decision to stop stocking copies of the paper.

Stop Funding Hate calls on companies to stop funding certain British newspapers it believes use hate and division to drive sales, including the Sun, Daily Mail and Daily Express. The Mail claimed that it was informed by Branson's firm last November that to "save space" it was restricting sales to just three newspapers - the Mirror, the Financial Times and the Times.

The note said workers expressed "considerable concern" about the Mail's editorial position on issues such as immigration, LGBT rights and unemployment.

The Mail published a column on January 3 that criticized Virgin's owner for exploiting public subsidies while enjoying a lavish lifestyle.

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Stop Funding Hate was part of a successful social media campaign a year ago to persuade stationery and card company Paperchase to break links with the Daily Mail after it ran a front-page promotion.

An internal memo in November took issue with the newspaper's "editorial position on issues such as immigration, LGBT rights and unemployment".

The Mail said all three papers had backed the views of the train company's owner, Sir Richard Branson, in backing the Remain side in the European Union referendum, a stance it opposed.

"We will continue to offer The Times to customers, but we won't be stocking the Daily Mail for sale or as a giveaway".

Andrew Pierce, the paper's associate editor, also asked Julia Hartley-Brewer: "Are they saying their customers who read the Daily Mail are not suitable to travel on their trains?"

Boris tweeted today: "Absurd ban on Daily Mail by Virgin!"

Virgin Trains is a separate company from Virgin Trains East Coast.


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