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unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2020-01-13more like thismore than 2020-01-13
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House of Commons Commission more like this
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star this property answering dept short name House of Commons Commission remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property hansard heading Big Ben more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the hon. Member representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will allow Big Ben to chime at 11pm GMT on 31 January 2020 to mark the UK leaving the EU; what estimate has been made of the cost of activating the clock mechanism to enable those chimes; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Lichfield more like this
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Michael Fabricant more like this
unstar this property uin 2417 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 2020-01-15more like thismore than 2020-01-15
unstar this property answer text <p>The Speaker has indicated that this is a matter for Members of the House of Commons. The House of Commons Commission will respond to any decision of the House on this matter. In the absence of any such decision, the Commission's position on the sounding of Big Ben remains unchanged.</p><p>For the Bell to ring on 31 January, the temporary striking mechanism used for Remembrance Sunday and New Year's Eve would need to be reattached and tested to ensure the timing is correct. Alongside this work, a temporary floor of the belfry where Big Ben is housed would also need to be installed, as extensive work is currently taking place in this area. The cost for the temporary floor and installing, testing and striking Big Ben would be approximately £120,000.</p><p>In addition to the set-up, the delay to work in the belfry would push back the planned programme of works by two to four weeks, with each week of delays costing approximately £100,000 a week. As such, the minimum cost of sounding Big Ben would be £320,000 but could be much higher (up to £500,000). These costs are based on a notice period of approximately two weeks. Should the project team be required to strike the bell with less notice, these costs would increase substantially.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Mole Valley more like this
star this property answering member printed Sir Paul Beresford more like this
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less than 2020-01-15T23:47:42.177Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-15T23:47:42.177Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Paul Beresford more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Michael Fabricant more like this
1171011
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2020-01-15more like thismore than 2020-01-15
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House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept id 18 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name House of Commons Commission remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property hansard heading Parliament: Disability more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the hon. Member representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will enable the introduction of a parliamentary internship scheme for disabled people to improve their inclusion and representation in Parliament. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Motherwell and Wishaw more like this
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Marion Fellows more like this
unstar this property uin 3796 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 2020-01-21more like thismore than 2020-01-21
unstar this property answer text <p>Disabled people are offered internships with Members of Parliament as part of the Speaker’s Parliamentary Placement Scheme. There are thirteen places on this Scheme and at least three of these places are ringfenced for disabled people. However, in reality more than three places are offered to disabled people each year.</p><p>This placement scheme opens up Parliament to talented individuals who would not have access to the traditional routes into Westminster by providing them with a nine-month paid internship in a Member’s office. At the outset of the expansion of the scheme in 2018 to include disabled people, the House worked closely with Disability Rights UK to ensure that the scheme was inclusive for disabled people.</p><p>An accessibility plan is developed for each disabled intern to ensure that they are supported whilst on the programme. All interns are supported by their Member who is their line manager and the Member’s office manager. They are given pastoral support by the House Service as well as a buddy.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Perth and North Perthshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Pete Wishart more like this
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less than 2020-01-21T17:59:36.897Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-21T17:59:36.897Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Pete Wishart more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Marion Fellows more like this
1170386
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2020-01-13more like thismore than 2020-01-13
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House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept id 18 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name House of Commons Commission remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property hansard heading ICT: Parliamentary Estate more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the hon. Member representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps Parliament is taking to (a) protect and (b) improve the rights of workers in the global information and communications technology sector through its (i) policies on and (ii) processes for procuring that technology on the parliamentary estate. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Brighton, Pavilion more like this
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Caroline Lucas more like this
unstar this property uin 2472 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 2020-01-21more like thismore than 2020-01-21
unstar this property answer text <p>The Parliamentary Procurement and Commercial Service (PPCS), which manages procurement processes for the Parliamentary Digital Service, has no explicit policies in place associated with these matters primarily because, in keeping with wider HM Government procurement policies, we source nearly all of our information and technology (ICT) requirements through the digital marketplace managed by the Crown Commercial Service (part of the Cabinet Office hosted Government Commercial Function).</p><p>Where a bespoke PPCS contract is entered into (whether in ICT or other categories), our standard terms include provisions enforcing the Living Wage and for certain Discrimination, Safeguarding &amp; Human Rights. These will shortly be supplemented by provisions associated with the Modern Slavery Act where contractors will be obligated to assist Parliament with an investigation should Parliament harbour a reasonable suspicion that a “Specified Offence” has been or is being committed by any member of the supply chain, directly or indirectly in connection with the performance of the contract in question. Breach of this condition would entitle Parliament to terminate the contract in question with immediate effect.</p><p>Additionally, the Parliamentary Procurement and Commercial Service in partnership with the Parliamentary Digital Service, seeks to ensure that suppliers evidence through their tender submissions and throughout the duration of the contract:</p><ul><li>compliance with health and safety law and best practice for the benefit of their staff and ours;</li><li>implementation of equal opportunities, inclusivity and diversity policies in relation to staff when performing the contract;</li><li>they ensure staff concerned with providing the goods and services work in conditions that are beneficial to their welfare, including being paid a fair wage for their work.</li></ul>
star this property answering member constituency Perth and North Perthshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Pete Wishart more like this
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less than 2020-01-21T18:00:23.897Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-21T18:00:23.897Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Pete Wishart more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Caroline Lucas more like this
1170507
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2020-01-13more like thismore than 2020-01-13
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House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept id 18 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name House of Commons Commission remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property hansard heading Big Ben: Festivals and Special Occasions more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the hon. Member representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost was of Big Ben chiming on (a) Remembrance Sunday 2019 and (b) New Year's Eve 2019. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Rayleigh and Wickford more like this
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Mr Mark Francois more like this
unstar this property uin 2442 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 2020-01-16more like thismore than 2020-01-16
unstar this property answer text <p>The costs associated with striking Big Ben on Remembrance Sunday and New Year's Eve in 2019 were £14.2k including VAT on each occasion.</p><p>The striking of Big Ben on these occasions was coordinated around the planned works so as to minimise the impact on the project costs and to ensure it did not result in any delay. If the project team are required to strike the bell with less notice, the costs would substantially increase due to the unexpected impact on the project schedule.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Mole Valley more like this
star this property answering member printed Sir Paul Beresford more like this
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less than 2020-01-16T20:09:42.277Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-16T20:09:42.277Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Paul Beresford more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Francois more like this
1168405
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-12-19more like thismore than 2019-12-19
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House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept id 18 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name House of Commons Commission remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property hansard heading Big Ben more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the hon. Member, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether the Commission has received a request from the Government to arrange for Big Ben to chime to mark the UK's departure from the EU. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Glasgow North more like this
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Patrick Grady more like this
unstar this property uin 154 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 2020-01-07more like thismore than 2020-01-07
unstar this property answer text <p>The House of Commons Commission has not received a request from the Government to arrange for Big Ben to chime to mark the UK’s departure from the EU.</p><p>The Commission is aware of EDM No. 2, tabled by the right hon. Member for Rayleigh and Wickford, which calls on Mr Speaker and the House Authorities to make arrangements for Big Ben to chime at 11.00 pm on 31 January 2020.</p><p>The Commission is further aware that an amendment in the names of Mark Francois and other signatories has been tabled to the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill that moves the following clause;</p><p>Exit day chimes of Big Ben</p><p>(1) The United Kingdom leaves the European Union, in accordance with Article 50 (2) of the Treaty on European Union, at 11.00pm Greenwich Mean Time on Friday 31 January 2020.</p><p>(2) The Speaker of the House of Commons and the Corporate Officer of the House of Commons, together with any other relevant parliamentary authorities, must make arrangements for the occasion in subsection (1) to be marked by the sounding of the hourly chimes including eleven strikes of the principal bell (Big Ben) of the Great Clock in the Elizabeth Tower of the Houses of Parliament at 11.00pm Greenwich Mean Time on Friday 31 January 2020.</p><p>In May 2018, the Commission agreed that, during the Elizabeth Tower refurbishment project, Big Ben should sound only for Remembrance Sunday, Armistice Day and over the New Year.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Mole Valley more like this
star this property answering member printed Sir Paul Beresford more like this
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less than 2020-01-07T13:30:44.197Zmore like thismore than 2020-01-07T13:30:44.197Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Sir Paul Beresford more like this
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4432
star this property label Biography information for Patrick Grady more like this
1151474
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star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
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House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept id 18 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name House of Commons Commission remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property hansard heading Members: Twitter more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many MPs have contacted the House authorities about anonymous abuse or threats on Twitter in the latest period for which figures are available. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dudley North more like this
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Ian Austin more like this
unstar this property uin 3697 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 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
unstar this property answer text <p>The Parliamentary Security Department regularly provides advice to Members and their staff on social media security, but we do not collate data on these interactions. For security and privacy reasons, the discussions held between Members and the House authorities relating to threats and abuse are not publicly available. Threats and abuse received by Members should always be reported to the police.</p><p>The Member is invited to contact the Director of Security for Parliament directly if he wishes to discuss this matter further.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
star this property answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T18:42:38.28Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T18:42:38.28Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
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1511
star this property label Biography information for Ian Austin more like this
1150398
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-17more like thismore than 2019-10-17
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House of Commons Commission more like this
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star this property answering dept short name House of Commons Commission remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property hansard heading Members: Twitter more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many hon. Members have discussed with the House authorities abuse and threats that they have received on Twitter. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dudley North more like this
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Ian Austin 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 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
unstar this property answer text <p>Threats and abuse received by Members should always be reported to the police.</p><p>The Parliamentary Security Department uses best endeavours to review tweets sent publicly to Members, reporting matters of concern to the police and Twitter as appropriate. This opt-in service is only done with Members’ express permission.</p><p>The Parliamentary Security Department regularly provides advice to Members and their staff on social media security, but we do not collate data on these interactions. For security and privacy reasons, the discussions held between Members and the House authorities relating to threats and abuse are not publicly available.</p><p>The Member is invited to contact the Director of Security for Parliament directly if he wishes to discuss this matter further.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
star this property answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
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less than 2019-10-22T11:29:11.65Zmore like thisremove minimum value filter
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Ian Austin more like this
1151052
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star this property date less than 2019-10-21more like thismore than 2019-10-21
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House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept id 18 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name House of Commons Commission remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property hansard heading Palace of Westminster: Sanitation more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many male toilets there are in the Palace of Westminster; and how many male toilets have disposal bins suitable for the disposal of stoma and continence and personal care products. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency West Lancashire more like this
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Rosie Cooper more like this
unstar this property uin 2851 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 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
unstar this property answer text <p>There are 57 male toilets in the Palace of Westminster. Currently only one male toilet - in the House of Lords ground floor cloakroom - has a disposal bin; however the bins are generally only provided if requested. We have not to date received any requests for bins of the sort specified, but would be happy to respond if made aware of any demand.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
star this property answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T19:04:19.613Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T19:04:19.613Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Rosie Cooper more like this
1151475
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
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House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept id 18 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name House of Commons Commission remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property hansard heading Members: Social Media more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff Parliament has employed to deal with social media companies in respect of abuse or threats directed at Members of Parliament in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dudley North more like this
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Ian Austin more like this
unstar this property uin 3698 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 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
unstar this property answer text <p>Prior to June 2017 no staff were directly employed to deal with social media companies in respect of abuse or threats directed at Members of Parliament.</p><p>From June 2017 to May 2019, one member of staff was directly employed in this line of work.</p><p>From June 2019 to date, two members of staff have been directly employed in this line of work.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
star this property answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T18:56:51.53Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T18:56:51.53Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
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1511
star this property label Biography information for Ian Austin more like this
1151476
unstar this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-10-22more like thismore than 2019-10-22
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House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property answering dept id 18 remove filter
star this property answering dept short name House of Commons Commission remove filter
star this property answering dept sort name House of Commons Commission more like this
star this property hansard heading Members: Twitter more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington, representing the House of Commons Commission, what assessment the Commission has made of the effectiveness of Twitter's response to complaints by House authorities about abuse or threats directed at Members of Parliament. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Dudley North more like this
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Ian Austin more like this
unstar this property uin 3699 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 2019-10-28more like thismore than 2019-10-28
unstar this property answer text <p>Parliament has established a reasonable relationship with the main social media companies, including Twitter. We continually monitor the effectiveness of our work as we regularly raise abusive content directly with the company on behalf of Members.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Carshalton and Wallington more like this
star this property answering member printed Tom Brake more like this
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less than 2019-10-28T18:50:03.903Zmore like thismore than 2019-10-28T18:50:03.903Z
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unstar this property label Biography information for Tom Brake more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Ian Austin more like this