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unstar this property date less than 2014-04-01more like thismore than 2014-04-01
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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 remove filter
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of an attack on 21 March on Kessab in northern Syria; whether they have made any estimate of the number of those killed in the attack and of those who have fled the town as a result; whether they have received any reports about the desecration of churches in the town; and what assessment they have made of the possible involvement of the Al-Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham in the attack. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-09more like thismore than 2014-04-09
star this property answer text <p>We are concerned by the reports of violence in Kessab, although it is impossible to establish an accurate figure of the numbers of people who have been killed or displaced. We believe that the majority of the ethnic Armenian population of the town has left, along with many other Syrians, because of the fighting in the area. We have not received any confirmed reports of churches being desecrated and we call for all places of worship to be respected. We understand that a range of groups has been involved in the fighting, including the Al-Nusrah Front. We urge all sides to the conflict in Syria to respect international humanitarian law and the rights of all Syrians. Both the Syrian National Coalition and the Free Syrian Army have repeatedly made clear their commitment to protecting all civilians, regardless of religious, ethnic and political affiliation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Warsi more like this
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less than 2014-04-09T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-09T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Warsi more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
46394
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unstar this property date less than 2014-04-01more like thismore than 2014-04-01
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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 remove filter
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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 report Marching to Genocide in Burma; and what, if any, action they intend to take in response. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-14more like thismore than 2014-04-14
star this property answer text <p>We share many of the concerns that United to End Genocide raise in their recent report on the plight of the Rohingya. We continue to press the Burmese government to find a long term solution to bring peace and reconciliation to the communities in Rakhine State. The Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Mr Swire), summoned the Burmese Ambassador on 7 April and called on the Burmese government urgently to restore humanitarian access to all communities in need, and to ensure the security of humanitarian aid workers and all communities in Rakhine State. Mr Swire raised our wider concerns about the situation in Rakhine State with senior Burmese Ministers during his visit in January. I personally discussed the situation with Minister of National Planning and Economic Development, Dr Kan Zaw, during his visit to the UK in March.</p><p>We remain in close contact with Médecins Sans Frontières and have made clear to the Burmese government their responsibility to ensure services are adequately delivered. We continue to maintain that allegations of human rights abuses must be dealt with immediately through a clear and transparent investigative and prosecutorial process that meets international standards.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Warsi more like this
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less than 2014-04-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-14T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Warsi more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
46668
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unstar this property date less than 2014-04-02more like thismore than 2014-04-02
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office 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 North Korea's launch of two mid-range missiles, its statement that it "would not rule out a new form of nuclear test for bolstering up its nuclear deterrence" and China's decision to support the United Nations Security Council's condemnation of those developments. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-14more like thismore than 2014-04-14
star this property answer text <p>We are extremely concerned that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has fired two medium range missiles into the Sea of Japan, in a further clear breach of UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 1718, 1874, 2087 and 2094. We are also concerned by the DPRK's statement implying that they are considering further missile or nuclear tests.</p><p>We urge the DPRK to comply with all of its obligations under relevant UNSCRs and to refrain from any further provocations that would only further destabilise the peninsula.</p><p>We welcome China's support in in the UN Security Council condemning North Korean provocations, and we encourage all countries to call on the DPRK to abide by its international obligations.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Warsi more like this
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less than 2014-04-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-14T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Warsi more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
46669
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unstar this property date less than 2014-04-02more like thismore than 2014-04-02
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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 remove filter
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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 reports that officials in the North Korean Workers' Party who were associated with Jang Song-thaek have been sentenced to death; and what recent representations the United Kingdom Ambassador to North Korea has made to the authorities there about the use of capital punishment, torture and political prison camps. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-14more like thismore than 2014-04-14
star this property answer text <p>We are aware of media reports that 200 Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) government officials believed to be close Jang Song-thaek, who was executed in December 2013, have been sentenced to death. Personnel changes within various organisations suggest the purge of those related to Jang Song-thaek is continuing. However, the lack of transparency means we are unable to confirm what has happened to those who have been removed from their positions. The UK is appalled but not unsurprised by reports of executions in DPRK. During meetings with DPRK authorities we regularly raise concerns about the horrific human rights situation. Our Ambassador in Pyongyang raised these concerns during a meeting with a Vice-Minister from the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs in January and we have raised them with other officials in March.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Warsi more like this
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less than 2014-04-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-14T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Warsi more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-04-02more like thismore than 2014-04-02
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the United Kingdom Ambassador to North Korea has raised with the authorities there the terms of the United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution (A/HRC/25/L.17) condemning "long-standing and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross" human rights violations in North Korea; and whether they have made representations to those countries which abstained or voted against the Resolution to give further thought to the findings of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry and to encourage support for the work of the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in North Korea. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
star this property uin HL6548 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-14more like thismore than 2014-04-14
star this property answer text <p>We regularly raise concerns about the appalling human rights situation in the Democratic People's Republic <br>of Korea (DPRK) during our meetings with the DPRK authorities. We have raised the Commission of Inquiry report and will be raising the UN Human Rights Council Resolution (UNHRC) in our next meetings. The UK played a key role in ensuring a strong Resolution and will continue to work with partners to ensure the matter remains in the spotlight. It is unfortunate that some UNHRC members chose to either abstain or vote against the Resolution and, as we made clear in the UK statement at the time of the vote, we consider that doing so was a failure in their responsibility to help resolve the crisis and improve the lives of the North Korean people. Nevertheless, the resolution was passed with a significant majority and provides a solid platform for ongoing work in this area, not least through increased support for the Special Rapporteur. We are pleased that it includes a provision encouraging all states who have relations with the DPRK to use their influence to encourage the DPRK to take immediate steps to end all human rights violations. In our bilateral contacts with these states we will be encouraging them to act in accordance with this provision.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Warsi more like this
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less than 2014-04-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-14T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Warsi more like this
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46671
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unstar this property date less than 2014-04-02more like thismore than 2014-04-02
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the passage of Human Rights Council Resolution (A/HRC/25/L.17) on human rights violations in North Korea, what assessment they have made of the suggestion by Amnesty International to increase pressure on North Korea; and whether they are taking any action along such lines. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
star this property uin HL6549 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-14more like thismore than 2014-04-14
star this property answer text <p>The UK played a leading role in ensuring a strong UN Human Rights Council Resolution and will continue to work with partners to ensure the issue remains in the spotlight. We agree with the view expressed by Amnesty International that the message sent to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) authorities by the resolution could not be clearer. As both Amnesty International and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have said, crimes against humanity will not be tolerated and those responsible must face justice. As the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Mr Swire), outlined in his Written Ministerial Statement of 31 March, we welcome the final text of the resolution which includes a specific request that the UN Security Council consider referral of the situation in the DPRK to the appropriate international criminal justice mechanism. As a first step, the Commission of Inquiry will give an informal “Arria” briefing to the Security Council on 17 April. Other elements of the resolution which reflect earlier calls from Amnesty International include concrete measures to ensure the work of the Commission of Inquiry is continued. The mandate of the Special Rapporteur has been extended and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is requested to provide the Rapporteur with increased support, not least through a new structure to strengthen monitoring and documentation of the human rights situation in the DPRK, as well as through capacity building of others working to address this issue. These measures will ensure that whenever and however the DPRK regime is brought to account, the material will be there to build a strong case against those responsible for violations.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Warsi more like this
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less than 2014-04-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-14T12:00:00.00Z
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46672
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unstar this property date less than 2014-04-02more like thismore than 2014-04-02
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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 remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they are having with the United States Special Envoy on North Korea, Ambassador Robert King, about ways to build international action to follow through the passage of United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution (A/HRC/25/L.17) on human rights violations in North Korea. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-14more like thismore than 2014-04-14
star this property answer text <p>The UK's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva met with Ambassador King on 18 March to discuss the UN Human Rights Council Resolution and how it could be used to build international action to improve the human rights situation in North Korea. In the near future we hope to welcome him.</p><p>On 27 March, the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for East Devon (Mr Swire), discussed the resolution with US Assistant Secretary Russel. We will continue to work with the US and others to ensure that there is accountability for the horrifying human rights violations documented in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Baroness Warsi more like this
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less than 2014-04-14T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-14T12:00:00.00Z
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47408
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unstar this property date less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office 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 recruitment of child soldiers by the government of Chad; whether they have raised concerns about the presence of Chadian soldiers in the Central African Republic; and whether they are part of the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-25more like thismore than 2014-04-25
star this property answer text <p>The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), raised concerns about the conduct of Chadian troops in Central African Republic with Chad President Iddris Deby Itno when they met on 13 February. The Government take any allegations of wrongdoing by national armies very seriously.</p><p>Chad is making progress to tackle the issue of child soldiers in close cooperation with the UN, although there is still work to be done, particularly on birth registration and recruitment processes. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Boston and Skegness (Mr Simmonds), pressed the Chad Foreign Minister, Moussa Faki, for further progress when they met on 28 January at the African Union (AU) summit and 2 April at the EU-Africa Summit.</p><p>Chad has announced that it is withdrawing its troops from the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) in agreement with the AU. The UK is not part of MISCA, but has provided £2million to MISCA to cover some essential MISCA costs including food, fuel and water. The UK is also providing logistical support to French and EU deployments and £23 million in humanitarian aid to the ongoing crisis.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
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less than 2014-04-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-25T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property date less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they consider that the holding of elections in the Central African Republic on 15 February 2015 will support the development of good governance; what assessment they have made of the impact such elections will have on disenfranchised Muslim refugees who have fled the country and are in refugee camps beyond its borders; and whether they have made representations about the inclusion of Central African Republic citizens in the election process. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-25more like thismore than 2014-04-25
star this property answer text <p>Preparations for elections, which the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Boston and Skegness (Mr Simmonds), discussed with the Head of the Central African Republic (CAR)'s Transitional Government, Catherine Samba-Panza, on 2 April, are at a very early stage. The primary focus of the international community is to stabilise CAR and protect its civilians. However, progress on the political front, including through the establishment of a strong, democratic government that represents its whole population, will be vital if long-term peace and security are to be achieved in CAR.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
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less than 2014-04-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-25T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-04-07more like thismore than 2014-04-07
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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 remove filter
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports of the kidnapping of two Italian priests and a Canadian nun by unidentified gunmen in the Maroua district of Cameroon, and of the identity of the perpetrators; and what information they have of the spread of Boko Haram's influence and activity in Cameroon. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-04-25more like thismore than 2014-04-25
star this property answer text <p>We are very concerned about kidnappings in Cameroon, which follow two similar incidents in 2013. We are aware of the growing evidence of Boko Haram having a presence in Cameroon, and discuss this regularly with the Government of Cameroon and other partners in the region. Our Travel Advice reflects the threat from kidnapping in Cameroon and other countries in the region. We have advised against all travel to the Far North Province of Cameroon since March 2013.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Wallace of Saltaire more like this
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less than 2014-04-25T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-04-25T12:00:00.00Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this