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star this property date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property hansard heading Arcadia Group: Pensions more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Pensions Regulator has allowed the owners of Arcadia Group to phase their contribution to address that company’s pension deficit over a period of time instead of a single up-front payment; whether the Pensions Regulator is using financial advisers to determine whether Arcadia’s business plan will eventually cover the deficit; and if so, who are those advisers. more like this
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Lord Myners more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
unstar this property answer text <p>The pensions framework established by Parliament in the Pensions Act 2004 sets out that ongoing employers may address the funding of their scheme deficits over a reasonable period of time. This responsibility falls on the company rather than its owners, other than where The Pensions Regulator has used its anti-avoidance powers. This approach of spreading funding of deficits was established to balance the needs of schemes with those of their sponsoring employers.</p><p> </p><p>The Arcadia trustees and the Arcadia group took an approach which was similar to many other schemes and employers in establishing recovery plans to address their schemes’ deficits over a number of years. In response to a request to vary those recovery plan payments, made in conjunction with the Arcadia Group’s Company Voluntary Arrangements proposals, The Pensions Regulator, working alongside the trustees and the Pension Protection Fund, has negotiated robustly to secure an enhanced package of support for the pension schemes in connection with a successful Company Voluntary Arrangement, worth significantly more than would be received if the Company Voluntary Arrangement is not successful and Arcadia Group Ltd becomes insolvent. This represents appropriate protection, in challenging circumstances, and is equitable in the context of the wider Company Voluntary Arrangements process.</p><p> </p><p>In assessing the turnaround plan presented by Arcadia, The Pensions Regulator has been informed by the analysis carried out by professional advisers to the trustees. The Pensions Regulator has considerable expertise in restructuring situations and this includes people in its regulatory teams with a background working in big chartered accountancy firms and restructuring operations in banks.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Buscombe more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T11:44:23.837Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T11:44:23.837Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Buscombe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Myners more like this
1130855
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star this property date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
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Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Digital, Culture, Media and Sport more like this
star this property hansard heading Technology: New Businesses more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to continue to increase the number of UK technology business start-ups after Brexit. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL16222 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
unstar this property answer text <p>We are confident the digital technology sector and its startup community will continue to go from strength to strength. As outlined in our Digital Strategy and Charter, our ambition is to ensure the UK is the best place in the world to start and grow a digital business - and that ambition remains after we leave the EU. Tech Nation and Dealroom have released figures showing that investment in UK tech reached £6.8 billion ($8.7bn) last year and has already reached £3.8 billion ($4.8bn) in the first half of 2019, showing that the UK tech ecosystem is still world-leading and remains in a strong position.</p><p>Through our extensive engagement with the sector, we understand that the primary barriers to growth for startups are having adequate access to both finance and talent. That is why for finance, Government announced a new £2.5 billion British Patient Capital programme, which is expected to attract a further £5 billion in private investment, in order to support UK companies with high growth potential to access the long-term investment they need to grow and go global.</p><p>To continue to attract international talent, we have doubled the number of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visas to 2,000, and taken doctors and nurses out of the Tier 2 visa cap, freeing up many more skilled worker visas to other sectors, including tech. At the end of March this year, Home Office launched the new Start-Up and Innovator visa routes for entrepreneurs, which will replace a route exclusively for graduates, opening it up to other talented business founders.</p><p>In the Autumn Budget 2017 we also announced investment of £21 million to expand Tech City UK into a nationwide network – Tech Nation – aimed at accelerating the growth of the digital tech sector across the country. The funding will help Tech Nation support 40,000 entrepreneurs and up to 4,000 start-ups as they scale their businesses across the UK including Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Newcastle. And at London Tech Week last week, the PM launched a study into tech competitiveness - this will identify key opportunities and support mechanisms for business growth in the digital tech sector.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T11:33:17.527Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T11:33:17.527Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ashton of Hyde more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
1130858
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star this property date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept id 201 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Motor Vehicles: Manufacturing Industries more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase productivity in the UK automotive sector. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL16225 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
unstar this property answer text <p>The UK already has one of the most productive automotive sectors in the world. In 2018 productivity levels in the sector were at £100,600/employee, a real term increase of 4.6% over 2017, and 42% higher than overall UK manufacturing productivity. The Government has a long-standing programme of support to maintain the productivity and competitiveness of the UK automotive sector. Through our Industrial Strategy and landmark Automotive Sector Deal, we are placing the UK at the forefront of new automotive technology development.</p><p> </p><p>The Sector Deal includes £32 million of joint funding for an industry-led supply chain competitiveness programme to help improve productivity in the UK supply chain and assure international competitiveness.</p><p> </p><p>We are determined to ensure that the UK continues to be one of the most competitive locations in the world for the automotive sector. BEIS Ministers and officials regularly engage with the automotive industry, including bilaterals with manufacturers, interactions via trade associations, and through the Department’s participation in the Automotive Council.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Henley more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T11:35:25.443Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T11:35:25.443Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Henley more like this
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1796
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
1130859
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star this property date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Israel: West Bank more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Israeli Civil Administration's powers to demolish, within 96 hours, any type of new building in Area C of the West Bank without any opportunity for appeal. more like this
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Baroness Tonge more like this
star this property uin HL16226 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
unstar this property answer text <p>We have repeatedly made clear to the Israeli authorities our serious concern at the increase in demolitions of Palestinian properties in Area C of the West Bank. We call on them to cease the policy of demolitions and provide a clear, transparent route to construction for Palestinians in Area C.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T11:35:42.773Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T11:35:42.773Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Tonge more like this
1130860
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star this property date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Israel: Palestinians more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the treatment by Israel of Palestinian children who have been shot by Israeli forces, prevented from immediate medical help and taken into Israeli custody without family support. more like this
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Baroness Tonge more like this
star this property uin HL16227 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
unstar this property answer text <p>We continue to have strong concerns about continued reports of ill-treatment of Palestinian minors in Israeli military detention and to seek improvements to Israeli practices. Officials from our Embassy in Tel Aviv last raised our concerns with the Israeli Ministry of Justice on 6 June. We also regularly press Israel on the use of live fire, particularly against children, and urge unimpeded access to medical treatment.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T11:36:04.987Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T11:36:04.987Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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200
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Tonge more like this
1130861
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Jerusalem: Archaeological Sites more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the security of archaeological sites in East Jerusalem. more like this
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Baroness Tonge more like this
star this property uin HL16228 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
unstar this property answer text <p>We have not made any assessment of the security of archaeological sites in East Jerusalem. We regularly make clear our serious concerns about the situation in East Jerusalem to the Israeli authorities, both bilaterally and in co-operation with EU partners. We are strongly opposed to any attempts to change the facts on the ground in the East Jerusalem.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T11:36:15.4Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T11:36:15.4Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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200
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Tonge more like this
1130862
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Jerusalem: Religious Buildings more like this
star this property house id 2 more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the number of incursions onto the Al-Aqsa compound by Israeli settlers and reports that they are supported by Israeli forces and encouraged by some Israeli politicians. more like this
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Baroness Tonge more like this
star this property uin HL16229 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
unstar this property answer text <p>We are concerned by recent tensions and violence at the Haram al Sharif/Temple Mount, and urge all parties to avoid provocation and work to uphold the status quo. In our meetings with the Israeli authorities we regularly raise the need to respect the status quo on the holy sites in Jerusalem. The Minister for the Middle East expressed the Government's concern at recent escalations at the Haram al Sharif/Temple Mount with Israel's Ambassador to London on 11 June.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T11:38:36.78Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T11:38:36.78Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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200
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Tonge more like this
1130863
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star this property date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Gaza: Fisheries more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the consequences of frequent alterations to the fishing zones that the government of Israel allows fishermen in Gaza to use. more like this
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Baroness Tonge more like this
star this property uin HL16230 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
unstar this property answer text <p>​We regularly raise with the Government of Israel the urgent need to ease all access and movement restrictions on Gaza, including fishing limits. This would help to restore the fishing industry as regular alterations to the zone, often as a punitive measure, cause uncertainty and insecurity. The UK would like to see a permanent increase in the size of the fishing zone off the coast of Gaza in line with the limit of 20 nautical miles stipulated in the Oslo accords.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T11:38:55.777Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T11:38:55.777Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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200
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Tonge more like this
1130864
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star this property date less than 2019-06-10more like thismore than 2019-06-10
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Hebron more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the consequences for Palestinian children in Hebron of the removal of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron by the government of Israel. more like this
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Baroness Tonge more like this
star this property uin HL16231 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
unstar this property answer text <p>We are concerned by Israel's decision not to extend the mandate for Hebron's international monitoring mission. The mission has been in Hebron for over 20 years and fulfilled an important role in reducing tensions in the city between Israeli settlers and Palestinian communities. Our Ambassador to Israel raised our concerns over this decision with the Israeli authorities on 29 January. The former Minister for the Middle East discussed our concerns with the Israeli Ambassador to the UK on 31 January and in a tweet on 2 February.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T11:39:22.387Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T11:39:22.387Z
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4210
star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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200
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Tonge more like this
1131492
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star this property date less than 2019-06-11more like thismore than 2019-06-11
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Hong Kong: Politics and Government more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) recent protests in Hong Kong, and (2) the impact of plans to allow extradition to China on the judicial independence of Hong Kong. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL16286 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-06-24more like thismore than 2019-06-24
unstar this property answer text <p>The significant protests in Hong Kong show the strength of feeling among the people of Hong Kong. We are pleased to see that, in the most part, the people of Hong Kong have peacefully exercised their rights to freedom of speech and assembly, as guaranteed in the Sino-British Joint Declaration. However all allegations of inappropriate use of force by the Hong Kong police should be fully investigated by the Hong Kong SAR Government.</p><p>We welcome the Chief Executive's statement that she would not proceed with the second reading of the bill, if the fears and anxieties of the people of Hong Kong were not addressed. It is vital that Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and the rights and freedoms set down in the Joint Declaration are respected in full.</p><p>The most recent 6 monthly report on Hong Kong published on 27 March, made clear our view that judicial independence in Hong Kong remains robust. The proposals themselves have no direct impact on judicial independence. However we are concerned that the proposals could risk leaving the extradition process open to political interference, and could, in future, undermine Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and the rights and freedoms guaranteed in the Joint Declaration.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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less than 2019-06-24T11:40:01.74Zmore like thismore than 2019-06-24T11:40:01.74Z
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4210
star this property label Biography information for Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon more like this
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1796
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this