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star this property date less than 2014-10-23more like thismore than 2014-10-23
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Classroom Assistants more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, in light of the announcement that a new set of standards is to be established for teaching assistants in England, what discussions she has had with her counterparts in the devolved administrations on ensuring consistency in standards for teaching assistants across the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Belfast North remove filter
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Mr Nigel Dodds more like this
star this property uin 211668 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
star this property answer text <p>School staffing policy is a matter for the devolved administrations. A review of teacher assistant standards for schools in England was launched recently. It is led by Kate Dethridge who is being supported by a panel of experts. A public call for evidence will be initiated shortly which will explore good practice across schools. The Department for Education also plans carry out a public consultation once the standards have been agreed by the expert panel. Use of the standards will be voluntary.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Yeovil more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr David Laws more like this
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less than 2014-10-29T12:53:16.092801Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-29T12:53:16.092801Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr David Laws more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Nigel Dodds more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-10-15more like thismore than 2014-10-15
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Department for Education more like this
star this property answering dept id 60 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Education more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Education more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Education: Standards more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps she plans to take to ensure greater consistency in educational outcomes (a) from each stage of provision and (b) across all regions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Belfast North remove filter
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Mr Nigel Dodds more like this
star this property uin 210718 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
star this property answer text <p>This Government has introduced an ambitious, coherent programme of reforms to ensure greater consistency in educational outcomes across all stages and regions in England.</p><p>We are reforming assessment and the curriculum across the primary and secondary phases and general and vocational qualifications to ensure we have a system that prepares young people for life in modern Britain. We are reforming GCSEs and A levels to be robust and rigorous, to match the best education systems in the world and to keep pace with universities’ and employers’ demands. The new national curriculum, introduced from this school year, also sets out expectations for children at all four key stages that match the curricula used in the world’s most successful school systems.</p><p>We are improving the accountability framework to improve standards across the country. In addition, Ofsted has implemented a more rigorous inspection framework, with performance data being used to target inspections on the weakest schools and a recognition that any school rated less than ‘good' is not performing well enough.</p><p>Some schools are still not performing well enough. We issued revised statutory guidance[1] to local authorities in May that makes very clear our expectations that they should take swift and robust action when maintained schools are performing poorly. This includes our expectation that their assessment should include the achievement of disadvantaged pupils and that poorly performing schools should become sponsored academies.</p><p>In addition, the academies and free schools programmes are shifting power and responsibility to leaders of education, giving schools greater autonomy to drive improvements, within a strong framework of accountability. The growth in sponsored academies is raising standards by turning around some of the most disadvantaged and worst performing schools in the country. Increasingly, high performing schools are taking the lead as sponsors, sharing their expertise and experience to benefit others.</p><p>Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) are responsible for overseeing the performance of academies, free schools, university technical colleges and studio schools in their region. RSCs, along with their headteacher boards, are helping to build the capacity of the Department for Education to pick up local and regional soft intelligence which will contribute to the ability of the Department to oversee academies and free schools and hold them to account. The RSCs will be able to take decisions on academy issues whilst being immersed in the local context. This will enable them to make decisions based on the circumstances of the school(s) and sponsor(s) in question.</p><p>All of these reforms will also help raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap with their peers at every phase and in every region in England. In particular, the Government introduced the pupil premium in April 2011 – worth a total of £6.25 billion to date – to give schools the resources to raise the attainment of mainly economically disadvantaged pupils and those in care.</p><p>[1] <a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/schools-causing-concern--2" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/government/publications/schools-causing-concern--2</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency Yeovil more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr David Laws more like this
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less than 2014-10-21T13:48:27.4584262Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-21T13:48:27.4584262Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr David Laws more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Nigel Dodds more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-01more like thismore than 2014-07-01
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Apprentices more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to create synergies with the European Alliance for Apprenticeships in improving work opportunities for young people. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Belfast North remove filter
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Mr Nigel Dodds more like this
star this property uin 203397 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-08more like thismore than 2014-07-08
star this property answer text <p>The UK recognises the value of learning from others by keeping abreast of developments in Europe and internationally. However, we believe that this can be achieved through less bureaucratic routes than a European Alliance for Apprenticeships. In England, we do not propose to participate but the devolved administrations are free to do so if they believe that the Alliance is the appropriate framework for sharing best practice.</p><p>We are already taking strong action to improve opportunities for young people by funding record numbers of apprenticeships, new traineeships and improved maths and English training. These actions, along with the record number of jobs, have contributed to the 32.8% fall in youth unemployment over the past year.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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less than 2014-07-08T15:51:35.2293028Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-08T15:51:35.2293028Z
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Nigel Dodds more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-17more like thismore than 2014-07-17
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property hansard heading New Businesses more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to support employed people who wish to start their own business. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Belfast North remove filter
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Mr Nigel Dodds more like this
star this property uin 206554 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-02more like thismore than 2014-09-02
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>Small businesses are vital to the economy and this Government is supporting people to start up a business in a number of ways.</p><p> </p><p>The website <a href="http://www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/" target="_blank">www.greatbusiness.gov.uk</a> provides general support and advice for entrepreneurs starting out; specific support available in Northern Ireland is available at <a href="http://www.investni.com/" target="_blank">www.investni.com</a> . We recognise that a key issue for many start-ups is accessing affordable finance. The British Business Bank recently published “<em>The Business Finance Guide: A Journey from Start-Up to Growth</em>” which is available on the British Business Bank Website. It is a unique guide that sets out the main things to consider and outlines sources of finance available to businesses – ranging from start-ups to growing businesses.</p><p> </p><p>For those looking for start up finance and advice there are Start-Up Loans: 24 loans worth over £100, 000 have been drawn down in Belfast since the scheme began in 2012.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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less than 2014-09-02T16:54:35.0415095Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-02T16:54:35.0415095Z
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Nigel Dodds more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-17more like thismore than 2014-07-17
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what the UK's policy is on EU negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; and what consultation his Department has had with the devolved administrations in formulating this policy. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Belfast North remove filter
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Mr Nigel Dodds more like this
star this property uin 206552 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-09-03more like thismore than 2014-09-03
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>Securing significant progress on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations is a top priority for the Government’s trade agenda. We are pushing for a broad agreement that eliminates the vast majority of tariffs on trade between the two markets and reduces other unnecessary barriers to trade.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Ministers in the Scottish and Welsh Governments and the Northern Ireland Executive, through regular Joint Ministerial Committee meetings, have an opportunity to input into the UK position, where appropriate, and Ministers have been kept abreast of development. Officials from the Devolved Administrations are also invited to frequent cross-Whitehall meetings on TTIP, and are in regular contact with trade policy officials in Whitehall.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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less than 2014-09-03T16:33:41.1761231Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-03T16:33:41.1761231Z
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Nigel Dodds more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-09-26more like thismore than 2014-09-26
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Foreign Investment: Colombia more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he has taken to ensure that the forthcoming UK-Colombia bilateral investment treaty includes adequate protection for UK investors. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Belfast North remove filter
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Mr Nigel Dodds more like this
star this property uin 209779 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-14more like thismore than 2014-10-14
star this property answer text <p>The UK-Colombia Bilateral Investment Treaty was negotiated in 2008-09. It aims to protect investors from discriminatory treatment. The agreement includes Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions to enable investors to claim compensation through independent international arbitration if they believe the standards of protection set out in the treaty have been breached whilst protecting the ability of the host government to regulate in the public interest in areas such as the environment.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency West Suffolk more like this
star this property answering member printed Matthew Hancock more like this
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less than 2014-10-14T16:28:28.6482155Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-14T16:28:28.6482155Z
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star this property label Biography information for Matt Hancock more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Nigel Dodds more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-02more like thismore than 2014-07-02
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Department for Culture Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Mass Media: EU Grants and Loans more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which media organisations in the UK have received funding from the European Parliament to promote coverage of EU-level decision-making in the last three years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Belfast North remove filter
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Mr Nigel Dodds more like this
star this property uin 203566 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-09more like thismore than 2014-07-09
star this property answer text <p>Information published by the European Parliament indicates that no UK media organisations received funding in 2011, 2012 or 2013.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wantage more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Edward Vaizey more like this
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less than 2014-07-09T14:04:05.2382082Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-09T14:04:05.2382082Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Edward Vaizey more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Nigel Dodds more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-02more like thismore than 2014-07-02
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Department for Culture Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
unstar this property hansard heading European Union: Cultural Heritage more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding the UK has contributed to the European Parliament's House of European History Project to date. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Belfast North remove filter
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Mr Nigel Dodds more like this
star this property uin 203567 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-09more like thismore than 2014-07-09
star this property answer text <p>The UK Government has not provided any direct support for this project but the House of European History Project is funded by the wider European Parliament budget.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wantage more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Edward Vaizey more like this
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less than 2014-07-09T14:04:48.1065955Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-09T14:04:48.1065955Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Edward Vaizey more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Nigel Dodds more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-07-16more like thismore than 2014-07-16
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Department for Culture Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept id 10 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Culture, Media and Sport more like this
unstar this property hansard heading World War I: Anniversaries more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage community organisations to take up EU funding offered by the Europe for Citizens Programme and similar schemes in order to commemorate the centenary of World War I through exchanges and visits. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Belfast North remove filter
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Mr Nigel Dodds more like this
star this property uin 206181 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-22more like thismore than 2014-07-22
star this property answer text <p>During the passage of the European Approval Act 2013 I took great care to emphasise the opportunities the Europe for Citizens Programme offers for commemoration of the First World War. The Government will deliver a four year programme to mark the First World War centenary through a package of funded activity worth over £125m. Alongside the UK centenary programme, the Europe for Citizens programme will provide opportunities to develop a greater understanding of the period between those who were both allies and adversaries at the time</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wantage more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Edward Vaizey more like this
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less than 2014-07-22T13:42:29.6629065Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-22T13:42:29.6629065Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Edward Vaizey more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Nigel Dodds more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-09-26more like thismore than 2014-09-26
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Electronic Commerce more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to encourage the uptake of (a) e-commerce and (b) other online tools among (i) businesses and (ii) consumers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Belfast North remove filter
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Mr Nigel Dodds more like this
star this property uin 209776 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-15more like thismore than 2014-10-15
star this property answer text <p>The Government is encouraging businesses to adopt digital technology by supporting the work of the digital charity Go On UK and other external partners to promote the benefits of digital and to improve basic online skills. The Government is also working with Local Enterprise Partnerships to expand digital support for businesses at a local level.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government’s Digital Inclusion Strategy, published earlier this year, sets out how the government and partners will help get people online.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Wantage more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Edward Vaizey more like this
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less than 2014-10-15T08:56:01.2590613Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-15T08:56:01.2590613Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Edward Vaizey more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Nigel Dodds more like this