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star this property date less than 2019-07-03more like thismore than 2019-07-03
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property hansard heading British Indian Ocean Territory: Sovereignty more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the UN General Assembly Resolution of 22 May 2019 on the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965, if he will support the Chagos Refugees Group and Mauritian Government in arranging a visit to the Chagos Archipelago for UK-based Chagossians after the six month time period set out in that Resolution. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hornsey and Wood Green remove filter
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Catherine West more like this
star this property uin 272901 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 2019-07-09more like thismore than 2019-07-09
star this property answer text <p>We were disappointed that this matter was referred to the International Court of Justice, contrary to the principle that the Court should not consider bilateral disputes without the consent of both States concerned. We have no doubt about our sovereignty over BIOT, which has been under continuous British sovereignty since 1814.</p><p>We are aware of the Mauritian Government's proposal to organise a visit to the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). We urge Mauritius to reconsider. Any unauthorised visit to BIOT will be treated with the utmost seriousness. The UK Government, as the sovereign authority, will continue to progress an expanded programme of UK-arranged visits to the British Indian Ocean Territory for Chagossians: five visits have taken place so far with 76 Chagossians each spending a week visiting the Territory. Two to three visits are planned to take place each year for the remainder of the life of the support package. Visits are advertised to Chagossian communities in UK, Mauritius and Seychelles. Any eligible Chagossian or Chagossian group seeking to visit BIOT is welcome to do so through this programme.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Rutland and Melton more like this
star this property answering member printed Sir Alan Duncan more like this
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less than 2019-07-09T16:12:54.23Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-09T16:12:54.23Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Alan Duncan more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Catherine West more like this
1136284
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property hansard heading Saudi Arabia: Political Prisoners 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Saudi Arabia counterpart on the release of senior political detainees held without charge in Saudi Arabia. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hornsey and Wood Green remove filter
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Catherine West more like this
star this property uin 272251 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 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
star this property answer text <p>We are concerned by use of detention for political purposes in Saudi Arabia. We raise concerns regularly and freely, using a range of Ministerial and diplomatic channels, including our Ambassador and Embassy team in Riyadh.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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less than 2019-07-10T16:14:18.073Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-10T16:14:18.073Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Catherine West more like this
1136285
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property hansard heading Saudi Arabia: Political Prisoners 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information his Department holds on the health and welfare of political detainees in Saudi Arabia. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hornsey and Wood Green remove filter
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Catherine West more like this
star this property uin 272252 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
star this property answer text <p>We are concerned about the health and welfare of political detainees in Saudi Arabia. We raise our concerns regularly and freely, using a range of Ministerial and diplomatic channels, including our Ambassador and Embassy team in Riyadh.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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less than 2019-07-10T16:16:35.2Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-10T16:16:35.2Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Catherine West more like this
1136286
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-07-02more like thismore than 2019-07-02
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property hansard heading Jamal Khashoggi 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans to review the strategic relationship with Saudi Arabia as a result of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hornsey and Wood Green remove filter
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Catherine West more like this
star this property uin 272253 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 2019-07-10more like thismore than 2019-07-10
star this property answer text <p>The Government condemns Jamal Khashoggi’s killing in the strongest possible terms and is clear that anyone found responsible must be held fully accountable.</p><p> </p><p>The UK was signatory to the joint statement on 7 March at the UN Human Rights Council which reiterated condemnation of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. The statement called for investigations into the killing to be prompt; effective and thorough; independent and impartial; and transparent.</p><p> </p><p>There are areas where we disagree with Saudi Arabia on policy but no aspect of our relationship prevents us from addressing matters of concern. Our ability to have frank conversations rests on the strength on our relationship.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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less than 2019-07-10T16:19:47.363Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-10T16:19:47.363Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Catherine West more like this
1133175
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star this property date less than 2019-06-19more like thismore than 2019-06-19
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property hansard heading Iran: Human Rights 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Iranian counterpart on the protection of (a) the LGBT community and (b) religious minorities in Iran. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hornsey and Wood Green remove filter
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Catherine West more like this
star this property uin 266865 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 2019-06-27more like thismore than 2019-06-27
star this property answer text <p>​We regularly raise the treatment of persecuted and vulnerable groups with the Iranian authorities at all levels. While no progress has been made on LGBT rights under Iranian law so far, we continue to take action with the international community to press Iran to improve its poor record on all human rights issues, and freedom of religion and belief.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South West Wiltshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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less than 2019-06-27T16:00:10.61Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-27T16:00:10.61Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dr Andrew Murrison more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Catherine West more like this
1132389
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star this property date less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property hansard heading Sudan: Demonstrations more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's policies of reports that the Sudanese security and military services (a) used violence against and (b) raped peaceful protesters under the orders of the Transitional Military Council on 10 June 2019 in Khartoum; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hornsey and Wood Green remove filter
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Catherine West more like this
star this property uin 265559 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 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
star this property answer text <p>On 3 June, the Foreign Secretary condemned the attack on protestors by Sudanese security forces, and held the Transitional Military Council (TMC) fully responsible. On 6 June, I summoned the Sudanese Ambassador to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to express our grave concerns at the use of all forms of violence, including sexual violence against civilians by the Sudanese authorities. This was reiterated in a recent statement issued by the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) on 17 June, which called for the immediate cessation of all violence against the Sudanese people, including extrajudicial, arbitrary and summary killings, beatings and sexual and gender-based violence, arrests and disappearances.</p><p>We have been consistent in public and in private that there must be accountability for the crimes committed by members of the former regime. The UK strongly supports the mission of the International Criminal Court; due legal process must be followed. I also set out the UK's position at the FAC that called for the human rights of all Sudanese people to be respected, and the resumption of the political process leading to an agreed peaceful transfer of power to a civilian-led government, as demanded by the Sudanese people.</p>
star this property answering member constituency West Worcestershire more like this
star this property answering member printed Harriett Baldwin more like this
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less than 2019-06-25T13:43:21.587Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-25T13:43:21.587Z
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star this property label Biography information for Harriett Baldwin more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Catherine West more like this
1132390
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property hansard heading Sudan: Internet 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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for human rights in Sudan of reports of a block on internet access in that country in June 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hornsey and Wood Green remove filter
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Catherine West more like this
star this property uin 265560 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 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
star this property answer text <p>​The Foreign Secretary's statement on 6 June called for internet and full media freedom to be restored to avoid escalation. I summoned the Sudanese Ambassador on 6 June and called on the Transitional Military Council to lift all restrictions on internet access which has been unavailable since 3 June. I stressed the importance of free access to the internet for all Sudanese citizens as part of their basic human right and living in a free and open society. I expressed our concern about the impact this had on broader freedoms in Sudan.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency West Worcestershire more like this
star this property answering member printed Harriett Baldwin more like this
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less than 2019-06-25T13:46:11.543Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-25T13:46:11.543Z
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star this property label Biography information for Harriett Baldwin more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Catherine West more like this
1132391
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star this property date less than 2019-06-17more like thismore than 2019-06-17
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office remove filter
star this property hansard heading Sudan: Demonstrations more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to send a diplomat from Sudan to press for an end to the violence against demonstrators in Sudan. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Hornsey and Wood Green remove filter
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Catherine West more like this
star this property uin 265561 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 2019-06-25more like thismore than 2019-06-25
star this property answer text <p>Our Embassy in Khartoum regularly calls on members of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) both in public and directly to take the steps needed to end the violence and improve the situation in Sudan, including the release of all political detainees.</p><p>Our Ambassador and other British Embassy Officials in Khartoum regularly meet with all elements of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), encouraging them to be inclusive in their approach and seek a realistic compromise. Talks between the TMC and FFC have resumed via mediators.</p><p>The UK has called for the human rights of all Sudanese people to be respected, and the resumption of the political process leading to an agreed peaceful transfer of power to a civilian-led government, as demanded by the Sudanese people. We will continue to engage with all sides to support a settlement that works for all Sudanese people.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency West Worcestershire more like this
star this property answering member printed Harriett Baldwin more like this
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less than 2019-06-25T10:29:06.887Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-25T10:29:06.887Z
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star this property label Biography information for Harriett Baldwin more like this
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1132225
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star this property date less than 2019-06-14more like thismore than 2019-06-14
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property hansard heading Sudan: Violence more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps the Government has taken to support doctors treating the victims of violence during protests in Khartoum. more like this
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Catherine West more like this
star this property uin 264792 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
star this property answer text <p>The British Government is deeply concerned by reports that hospitals in Khartoum were being controlled and targeted by Sudanese security forces. It is unacceptable for injured civilians to be prevented access to medical facilities. These are not the actions of responsible and credible authorities representing the people of Sudan.</p><p>On 6 June, I summoned the Sudanese Ambassador to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to express our grave concerns at the use of all forms of violence against civilians and medical professionals, by the Sudanese authorities. This was reiterated in a most recent statement issued by the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) on 17 June, which stated attacks against hospitals, medical staff and patients must stop, and that any obstacles to the timely delivery of humanitarian assistance needs to be removed immediately.</p><p>I had set out the UK's position at the FAC that called for the human rights of all Sudanese people to be respected, and the resumption of the political process leading to an agreed peaceful transfer of power to a civilian-led government, as demanded by the Sudanese people.</p>
star this property answering member constituency West Worcestershire more like this
star this property answering member printed Harriett Baldwin more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T14:02:53.81Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T14:02:53.81Z
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star this property label Biography information for Harriett Baldwin more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Catherine West more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-06-03more like thismore than 2019-06-03
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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star this property hansard heading China: Human Rights more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the upcoming anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, whether he plans to use that anniversary to make representations to the Chinese Government on the human rights situation that country. more like this
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Catherine West more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
star this property answer text <p>To mark the 30<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the tragic events in Tiananmen Square, the Foreign Secretary released a statement remembering those who lost their lives when protesting peacefully, and urging the Chinese Government to respect the rights and freedoms enshrined in China’s constitution and in international law.</p><p> </p><p>The British Government raises human rights with the Chinese authorities at all levels and will continue to do so. I raised human rights concerns with State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during my last visit to China. We also raise issues publicly, for example, we registered our concerns about human rights in China in our national statements at recent sessions of the UN Human Rights Council and through our activity at China’s last Universal Periodic Review in November 2018.</p><p> </p><p>British diplomats in Beijing have reported increased censorship and surveillance of citizens in China in the weeks leading up to 4 June. This is a common pattern they observe in the run up to the 4 June anniversary. In recent years, the Chinese authorities have also focused on censoring discussion on the anniversary on social media in China, which has reportedly included some Western news websites being restricted more than usual within China around this period. The British Embassy in China experienced such censorship first hand this week; the Embassy posted my statement in English and Chinese through social media, which was then censored within a few minutes.</p><p> </p><p>We remain concerned by all restrictions on freedom of expression in China and urge the authorities to safeguard citizens’ rights to freedom of speech and expression. It is crucial that governments allow their societies and citizens to remember, debate and discuss important historical events, even when this is uncomfortable for the governments concerned.</p><p> </p><p>The British Government also remains committed to making representations to the Chinese Government on the rights of relatives of protestors. During the Foreign Secretary’s last visit to China, he met with family members of detained Chinese human rights lawyers who were arrested in the so-called “709 crackdown.”</p>
star this property answering member constituency Cities of London and Westminster more like this
star this property answering member printed Mark Field more like this
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less than 2019-06-11T13:03:52.47Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-11T13:03:52.47Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Catherine West more like this