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star this property date less than 2014-10-29more like thismore than 2014-10-29
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Department of Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
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unstar this property hansard heading Ebola remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contingency plans the Government is making for quarantine procedures for people entering the UK from countries where the Ebola virus is present in the event of a further spread of that virus. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency York Outer more like this
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Julian Sturdy more like this
star this property uin 212378 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-11-05more like thismore than 2014-11-05
star this property answer text <p>In addition to departure screening in affected countries, entry screening has been introduced for people travelling to the United Kingdom from Ebola infected areas. This also provides them with clear advice about immediate actions should they develop any relevant symptoms.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>There are already public health powers in place to enable the quarantining of an individual suffering from the symptoms of Ebola should they be needed.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government keeps the threat posed to the UK by the spread of Ebola virus disease, and the measures required to tackle it, under regular review.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Battersea more like this
star this property answering member printed Jane Ellison more like this
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less than 2014-11-05T15:23:28.1786028Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T15:23:28.1786028Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jane Ellison remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Julian Sturdy more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-06-25more like thismore than 2014-06-25
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Department of Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Ebola remove filter
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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 Health, what contingency plans he has in place to deal with an outbreak of Ebola virus in the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Watford more like this
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Richard Harrington more like this
star this property uin 202299 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-06-30more like thismore than 2014-06-30
star this property answer text <p>The National Health Service has plans in place to deal with patients with infectious diseases as part of its core business. This includes plans to manage patients in line with infection control procedures, and where necessary in highly specialist infectious diseases facilities.A patient with Ebola virus infection would be cared for in the national High Level Isolation Unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London. In the unlikely event of an outbreak involving more than two people, specialist staff at this unit are trained and prepared to look after patients safely in an isolation ward, which would be dedicated for this purpose.</p><p> </p><p>In the UK, the procedures outlined in the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens guidelines, “The Management of Hazard Group 4 viral haemorrhagic fevers and similar human infectious diseases of high consequence”, are followed for any suspected case.</p><p> </p><p>Public Health England has assessed the risk of importation of Ebola in the UK as very low. It is extremely unlikely that an outbreak of Ebola would occur in the UK even if there was to be an imported case, as there are factors operating in West Africa which would not be seen in the UK.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Battersea more like this
star this property answering member printed Jane Ellison more like this
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less than 2014-06-30T15:56:16.319562Zmore like thismore than 2014-06-30T15:56:16.319562Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jane Ellison remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Richard Harrington more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
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Department of Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Ebola remove filter
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2014 to Question 217522, whether the jobs of all NHS workers that are deployed to Ebola-affected regions are kept open for their return. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wakefield more like this
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Mary Creagh more like this
star this property uin 218640 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-01-06more like thismore than 2015-01-06
star this property answer text <p>Staff deployed as part of Her Majesty’s Government programme with the Department for International Development (DfID) and UK-Med are being released by their employing organisation and will return to their post after deployment, unless otherwise agreed between the individual and their organisation. They will continue to be remunerated in line with normal arrangements. Pension payments and their normal salary continue to be paid by their employer. The reasonable costs of backfill, to enable them to be released from their normal duties to carry out this work, is paid through a grant from DfID, administered through UK-Med.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Individuals who choose to deploy independently outside the UK International Emergency Medical Register process are responsible for agreeing directly with their NHS employer their release, return, and any salary and pension arrangements.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Battersea more like this
star this property answering member printed Jane Ellison more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 218641 more like this
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less than 2015-01-06T13:47:44.573Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-06T13:47:44.573Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jane Ellison remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mary Creagh more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-15more like thismore than 2014-12-15
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Department of Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Ebola remove filter
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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 Health, pursuant to the Answer of 10 December 2014 to Question 217522, what the (a) pension payments and (b) other salary arrangements are for NHS staff while deployed to Ebola-affected regions. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Wakefield more like this
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Mary Creagh more like this
star this property uin 218641 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-01-06more like thismore than 2015-01-06
star this property answer text <p>Staff deployed as part of Her Majesty’s Government programme with the Department for International Development (DfID) and UK-Med are being released by their employing organisation and will return to their post after deployment, unless otherwise agreed between the individual and their organisation. They will continue to be remunerated in line with normal arrangements. Pension payments and their normal salary continue to be paid by their employer. The reasonable costs of backfill, to enable them to be released from their normal duties to carry out this work, is paid through a grant from DfID, administered through UK-Med.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Individuals who choose to deploy independently outside the UK International Emergency Medical Register process are responsible for agreeing directly with their NHS employer their release, return, and any salary and pension arrangements.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Battersea more like this
star this property answering member printed Jane Ellison more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 218640 more like this
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less than 2015-01-06T13:47:44.697Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-06T13:47:44.697Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jane Ellison remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Mary Creagh more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-09-01more like thismore than 2014-09-01
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Department of Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Ebola remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to prepare contingency plans in the event of an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 207707 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-09-08more like thismore than 2014-09-08
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>The risk to the United Kingdom of Ebola remains very low. The National Health Service has plans in place to deal with patients with infectious diseases as part of its core business. This includes plans to manage patients in line with infection control procedures, and where necessary in highly specialist infectious diseases facilities. We keep these plans under constant review.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>These plans have been tested most recently by the successful transfer back to the UK of a healthcare worker who became infected with Ebola when working with patients in Sierra Leone. The patient, a British National, was cared for in the national High Level Isolation Unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London. The patient has now recovered.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In the unlikely event of an outbreak involving more than two people, specialist staff at this unit are trained and prepared to look after patients safely in an isolation ward, which would be dedicated for this purpose.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>It is extremely unlikely that an outbreak of Ebola would occur in the UK even if there was to be an imported case, as there are factors operating in West Africa which would not be seen in the UK.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Battersea more like this
star this property answering member printed Jane Ellison more like this
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less than 2014-09-08T16:00:20.547826Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-08T16:00:20.547826Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jane Ellison remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-08-29more like thismore than 2014-08-29
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Department of Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Ebola remove filter
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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 Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on precautionary measures to protect against the spread of the Ebola virus. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Down more like this
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Ms Margaret Ritchie more like this
star this property uin 207467 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-09-03more like thismore than 2014-09-03
star this property answer text <p>The Department holds regular meetings involving officials from all of the devolved administrations in which they discuss current emergency preparedness issues. There are also meetings convened by Public Health England to ensure that all preparations are coordinated. Over the last few weeks, these discussions have included the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa; including United Kingdom readiness in the event that cases arrive in one of our countries.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Battersea more like this
star this property answering member printed Jane Ellison more like this
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less than 2014-09-03T14:43:50.1785499Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-03T14:43:50.1785499Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jane Ellison remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-08-29more like thismore than 2014-08-29
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Department of Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Ebola remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what training and guidance on the Ebola virus has been issued to staff at airports and ports in Northern Ireland. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Down more like this
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Ms Margaret Ritchie more like this
star this property uin 207466 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-09-03more like thismore than 2014-09-03
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>Advice for United Kingdom border force staff with regard to Ebola virus was developed by Public Health England and circulated by the Border Force to all UK ports, including those in Northern Ireland.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Battersea more like this
star this property answering member printed Jane Ellison more like this
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less than 2014-09-03T14:47:05.7458682Zmore like thismore than 2014-09-03T14:47:05.7458682Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jane Ellison remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-11-03more like thismore than 2014-11-03
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Department of Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Ebola remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many UK health workers have gone to West Africa to help tackle the Ebola virus. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Antrim more like this
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Dr William McCrea more like this
star this property uin 212924 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-11-10more like thismore than 2014-11-10
star this property answer text <p>The Chief Medical Officer wrote to National Health Service medical and nursing directors on 19 September seeking volunteers to help efforts on the ground in West Africa. Currently over 1000 NHS staff and 185 staff from Public Health England have put their names forward through UK MED which runs the <em>UK International Emergency Medical Register </em>(UKIEMR).</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The programme comprises a robust selection process, pre-deployment vaccinations and occupational health and psychological screening, training in the UK with further training and mentoring in Sierra Leone, and advice and support on monitoring health on return. We do not expect everyone on the register to be deployed.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We do not know how many UK health care workers are currently deployed with non-governmental organisations on the ground in West Africa.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Battersea more like this
star this property answering member printed Jane Ellison more like this
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less than 2014-11-10T17:29:12.8111046Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-10T17:29:12.8111046Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-13more like thismore than 2015-01-13
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Department of Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Ebola remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent progress he has made in preventing the Ebola virus spreading in the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Antrim more like this
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Dr William McCrea more like this
star this property uin 220593 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-01-20more like thismore than 2015-01-20
star this property answer text <p>The Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, has advised that the overall risk to the public remains low. The United Kingdom has robust, well-developed and well-tested public health and National Health Service systems for preventing and managing infectious diseases including any imported case of this type of disease, supported by a wide range of experts and specialist units. NHS England has recently received assurance from all NHS acute and ambulance chief executives of their readiness for an Ebola case.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Screening arrangements are in place at the UK’s main ports of entry for people travelling from the affected regions. Screening involves temperature checks and a questionnaire asking about current health, recent travel history and any contact with Ebola patients. Passengers are required to provide contact details and are given advice on what to do and whom to contact should they develop symptoms.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In addition to weekly meetings with the Devolved Administrations at official level, I hold regular meetings with the health minister counterparts in the Devolved Administrations on UK Ebola preparedness and response.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>A number of national and local multi-agency exercises have been conducted in recent months to test operational resilience and provide assurance of Ebola preparedness. This included a recent exercise involving all four nations of the UK. The case of the British nurse recently returned from Sierra Leone demonstrated that the systems put in place across the UK to prepare for and respond to a case of Ebola worked well. In the light of that case, Public Health England has reviewed and further strengthened its screening protocols to ensure that anyone from a higher risk group who feels unwell at the time of screening will be reassessed. Advice will also be sought from an infectious diseases specialist and the passenger will be referred for testing if appropriate. The screening centres at Heathrow were viewed first-hand by the Chief Medical Officer and myself on 1 January 2015 and all arrangements, including the revised protocols, were found to be working well. We will continue to keep screening arrangements under review and look to improve or strengthen the process as guided by expert clinical advice.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Battersea more like this
star this property answering member printed Jane Ellison more like this
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less than 2015-01-20T13:05:31.94Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-20T13:05:31.94Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jane Ellison remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-10-15more like thismore than 2014-10-15
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Department of Health more like this
unstar this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Ebola remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the devolved administrations on Ebola screening at airports. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency South Antrim more like this
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Dr William McCrea more like this
star this property uin 210768 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-10-22more like thismore than 2014-10-22
star this property answer text <p>On 13 October 2014 we announced the decision to carry out entry screening for Ebola. This has now been implemented in Heathrow airport and will be expanded to Gatwick and Eurostar terminals this week and Manchester and Birmingham airport thereafter.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p><p>On 15 October 2014, there was a Four Nations Health Ministers meeting, with the devolved administrations, to discuss the United Kingdom response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which included discussion on issues such as entry screening for Ebola. Additionally, officials from the Department of Health have been in regular contact with their counterparts from the devolved administrations via weekly telecommunications, in which Ebola screening at airports has been discussed. The Department continues to share information and best practise with the devolved administrations.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Battersea more like this
star this property answering member printed Jane Ellison more like this
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less than 2014-10-22T15:36:23.0852006Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-22T15:36:23.0852006Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jane Ellison remove filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord McCrea of Magherafelt and Cookstown more like this