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star this property date less than 2019-04-08more like thismore than 2019-04-08
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property hansard heading State Retirement Pensions: British Nationals Abroad more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether she plans to index the value of the UK state pension for British pensioners who live in Commonwealth countries. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport remove filter
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Luke Pollard more like this
star this property uin 242248 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 2019-04-16more like thismore than 2019-04-16
star this property answer text <p>The policy on the up-rating of UK State Pensions paid to recipients living outside the UK has been in place for over 70 years. The UK State Pension is payable worldwide without regard to nationality. Entitlement to the UK State Pension is based on the national insurance contributions on a person’s national insurance record. The annual index-linked increases to UK State Pensions are paid to recipients overseas only where there is a legal requirement to do so, for example in EEA countries or in countries where there is a reciprocal agreement in place that provides for the up-rating of the UK State Pension. The Government has no plans to change the policy of all Governments, Labour, Coalition or Conservative since WW2.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Hexham more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Guy Opperman more like this
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less than 2019-04-16T11:27:49.173Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-16T11:27:49.173Z
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star this property label Biography information for Guy Opperman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Luke Pollard more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-03-14more like thismore than 2019-03-14
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property hansard heading Independent Case Examiner: Complaints more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the current waiting time is from the submission of a complaint to the office of the Independent Case Examiner to the allocation of the case to an Investigation Case Manager; and what steps she is taking to reduce that time. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport remove filter
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Luke Pollard more like this
star this property uin 232654 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 2019-03-19more like thismore than 2019-03-19
star this property answer text <p>As at 15 March 2019, the Independent Case Examiner’s (ICE) Office was allocating cases to Investigation Case Managers that were accepted for investigation on the following dates:</p><p> </p><ul><li>DWP Pension, Disability and Working Age benefits - 29 November 2017</li><li>Child Maintenance Group - 5 December 2017</li><li>Contracted Provision - 8 January 2018</li></ul><p> </p><p>The ICE Office resources are reviewed on an annual basis and the Office received funding for thirteen additional staff in the current financial year (2018/2019). Productivity within the ICE Office has increased during the current reporting year, having cleared 1,139 complaints between March 2018 and February 2019, compared to 868 in the same period the previous year.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-03-19T14:47:32.34Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-19T14:47:32.34Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Luke Pollard more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-10-27more like thismore than 2016-10-27
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure parity of treatment for people with physical and mental health issues when applying for benefits. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport remove filter
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Oliver Colvile more like this
star this property uin 50730 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 2016-11-04more like thismore than 2016-11-04
star this property answer text <p>DWP is totally committed to delivering good quality services that are accessible to all customers. We offer services through face to face, telephone and a range of digital channels, ensuring that the needs of all customer groups are considered. All DWP digital services meet Government accessibility standards and have assisted digital plans in place to support customers that need help to apply for benefits online. A Ministerial Taskforce of disability organisations meets several times a year to advise and support DWP in making customer information and contact more accessible and understandable. We have recently amended the “how to claim” pages for all benefits on GOV.UK, to make it clearer how disabled customers can request information in alternative formats. DWP is also trialling Video Relay Service and Next Generation Text Services for Deaf and hard of hearing customers so they receive as good a service from telephony agents as non-disabled customers. Specialist services are available for relevant groups and training is given to colleagues to identify and support customers with mental health conditions and learning difficulties.</p>
star this property answering member constituency East Hampshire more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Damian Hinds more like this
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less than 2016-11-04T14:04:16.25Zmore like thismore than 2016-11-04T14:04:16.25Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Damian Hinds more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Oliver Colvile more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-26more like thismore than 2014-11-26
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property hansard heading Pensioners: Social Security Benefits more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department has taken to increase awareness among pensioners of the benefits for which they are eligible. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport remove filter
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Oliver Colvile more like this
star this property uin 216051 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 2014-12-01more like thismore than 2014-12-01
star this property answer text <p>Four months before people reach State Pension age, the Department writes, inviting them to claim their State Pension. An information leaflet about the State Pension is enclosed with that letter; it provides details of how to claim Pension Credit.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The easiest way for customers to claim Pension Credit is by telephone removing the need to complete lengthy application forms; they can also claim Housing Benefit at the same time, and are advised of Pension Credit when they claim their State Pension.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>DWP has also introduced a web-based Pension Credit toolkit at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pension-credit-toolkit" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pension-credit-toolkit</a></p><p> </p><p>Its purpose is to provide customer representative organisations with all the information needed in order to talk to pensioners about Pension Credit and other benefits they may be entitled to such as Attendance Allowance. In partnership with Age UK, local authorities and other groups, a structured campaign was undertaken to create awareness of the Toolkit amongst those who support our customers.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Thornbury and Yate more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Steve Webb more like this
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less than 2014-12-01T12:48:04.393Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-01T12:48:04.393Z
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star this property label Biography information for Steve Webb more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Oliver Colvile more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Private Rented Housing more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on issuing guidance to landlords who wish to rent to tenants who receive universal credit. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport remove filter
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Luke Pollard more like this
star this property uin 256349 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 2019-05-28more like thismore than 2019-05-28
star this property answer text <p>The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions has regular dialogue with other Secretary of States in the course of normal ministerial business, which includes discussion surrounding aspects of Universal Credit.</p><p /><p>The Department maintains guidance on GOV.UK, relevant for private and social sector landlords, with information about Universal Credit. This helps landlords to understand what they can do to help their tenants prepare for: a) their move to Universal Credit and b) making payments of their housing costs (rent) direct to their landlord themselves. This can be accessed at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-and-rented-housing--2/universal-credit-and-rented-housing-guide-for-landlords" target="_blank">www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-and-rented-housing--2/universal-credit-and-rented-housing-guide-for-landlords</a></p><p> </p><p>The Government does not collect data on how many landlords are not able to rent to tenants who receive universal credit because of their landlord insurance policies.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Colchester more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Will Quince more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 256350 more like this
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less than 2019-05-28T15:38:33.97Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-28T15:38:33.97Z
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star this property label Biography information for Will Quince more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Luke Pollard more like this
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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons remove filter
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment she has made of the adequacy of the timeframe for fixing problems with GOV.UK Verify in respect of universal credit claims. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport remove filter
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Luke Pollard more like this
star this property uin 256351 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 2019-05-29more like thismore than 2019-05-29
star this property answer text <p>Design and delivery of the GOV.UK Verify platform is the responsibility of the Government Digital Service (GDS) and its partners. The Department for Work and Pensions, along with other government departments is a user of this service, and provides feedback to GDS about its operation, recognising that people wanting to claim Universal Credit, or check their State Pension, can choose to use it to confirm their identity. The Department has no access to this information and claimants have direct contact with identity providers (also called ‘certified companies’).</p><p> </p><p>The Department will continue to consider options to provide the easiest and most secure digital services for our claimants.</p><p /><p>There are various ways in which a claimant can verify their identity for Universal Credit purposes: in person using primary and secondary ID verification or; by using biographical questions, for those who do not have identity documents.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-05-29T11:54:13.963Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-29T11:54:13.963Z
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star this property label Biography information for Alok Sharma more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Luke Pollard more like this
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star this property date less than 2017-11-13more like thismore than 2017-11-13
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance and training is available to work coaches to advise them on the circumstances in which they can temporarily switch off a universal credit claimant's work search and availability (a) in the case of a bereavement and (b) otherwise. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport remove filter
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Luke Pollard more like this
star this property uin 112498 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 2017-11-16more like thismore than 2017-11-16
star this property answer text <p>All Work Coaches complete learning designed specifically for their role. This learning combines the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to coach claimants effectively so that they are able to identify for themselves what they need to do to find work and how best to do it.</p><p>Work Coaches are expected to recognise and consider the impact of complex circumstances, including emergency situations. By using the guidance available to them, along with their own discretion, Work Coaches are able to adjust the requirements they expect from claimants.</p><p>A copy of the Universal Credit Full Service guidance on ‘Switching off work availability and work related activities’ has been placed in the House of Commons library, and is available at the following link: <a href="http://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPapers/Files/DEP2017-0556/24_CC-_Switching_off_work_availability_and_work_related_activities.pdf" target="_blank">http://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPapers/Files/DEP2017-0556/24_CC-_Switching_off_work_availability_and_work_related_activities.pdf</a></p>
star this property answering member constituency East Hampshire more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Damian Hinds more like this
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less than 2017-11-16T17:17:59.567Zmore like thismore than 2017-11-16T17:17:59.567Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Damian Hinds more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Luke Pollard more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-06-01more like thismore than 2018-06-01
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property hansard heading Members: Correspondence more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the average amount of time her Department has taken to respond to correspondence from (a) hon. Members and (b) hon. Members' offices over the last 12 months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport remove filter
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Luke Pollard more like this
star this property uin 149089 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 2018-06-07more like thismore than 2018-06-07
star this property answer text <p>Information on the performance of departments and agencies on handling correspondence from Members is published annually by way of a written statement by the Cabinet Office. The most recent statement, covering 2016, was made on 11 July 2017, Official Record Vol. 627 HCWS35. The figures for 2017 will be made available in due course.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
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less than 2018-06-07T10:07:39.69Zmore like thismore than 2018-06-07T10:07:39.69Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Luke Pollard more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-10-15more like thismore than 2019-10-15
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property hansard heading Personal Independence Payment more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what disability training medical professionals undertaking personal independence payment assessments are required to have in respect to autism. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport remove filter
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Luke Pollard more like this
star this property uin 685 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 2019-10-21more like thismore than 2019-10-21
star this property answer text <p>All health professionals carrying out assessments are medically qualified and highly trained practitioners in their own field.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>DWP requires health professionals to have a broad training in disability analysis as well as awareness training in specific conditions which include autistic spectrum disorder.</p><p> </p><p>While preparing to undertake an assessment, health professionals have access to a range of resources as well as experienced clinicians to support them in assessing claimants with conditions that they may not be familiar with.</p><p> </p><p>Additionally, assessment providers engage with medical experts, charities and relevant stakeholders to strengthen their training programmes.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-10-21T16:26:58.613Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-21T16:26:58.613Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Luke Pollard more like this
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star this property date less than 2018-03-14more like thismore than 2018-03-14
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Department for Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept id 29 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Work and Pensions more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Work and Pensions remove filter
star this property hansard heading Habitual Residence Test more like this
unstar this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of whether refugees should be required to pass a habitual residence test for benefits after being granted refugee status. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport remove filter
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Luke Pollard more like this
star this property uin 132655 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2018-03-21more like thismore than 2018-03-21
star this property answer text <p>A right to reside in the UK is one of the eligibility conditions for those claiming income-related benefits. Those that are required to provide evidence of their right to reside are subject to the Habitual Residence Test (HRT). The HRT contains two elements: an assessment of the legal right of residence and an assessment of factual habitual residence. Refugees who provide documentation which confirms their legal right to reside in the UK will satisfy the HRT. Refugees are exempt from the assessment of factual habitual residence if the Home Office have granted them leave to remain in the UK with recourse to public funds.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North West Hampshire more like this
unstar this property answering member printed Kit Malthouse more like this
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less than 2018-03-21T12:26:54.577Zmore like thismore than 2018-03-21T12:26:54.577Z
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star this property label Biography information for Kit Malthouse more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Luke Pollard more like this