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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Cats: Pet Travel Scheme more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that cats and kittens brought into the UK under the pet passport scheme do not carry diseases and parasites, including tapeworm and non-UK types of tick. more like this
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Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
unstar this property uin HL15827 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to preserving the UK’s high standards of biosecurity and animal welfare. The EU Pet Travel Scheme requires all pets travelling to Great Britain on approved routes to be declared. 100% of these are then subject to documentary and identity checks. Documentary checks for cats include a passport, signed by an Official Veterinarian in the country of origin, certifying that the cat has been vaccinated against rabies.</p><p>Since 2012, when the UK harmonised with the EU Pet Travel Scheme, we have no longer required tick or tapeworm treatment for cats or kittens. Risk assessments have been undertaken, both before harmonisation and since, which supported the removal of these requirements. As such, we have no plans to change the import requirements for pet cats. However, we continue to monitor the disease situation and will undertake a further formal risk assessment if evidence indicates that one is warranted.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2019-05-29T13:44:59.353Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-29T13:44:59.353Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
1127417
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Smuggling: Cats more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what border checks are carried out to ensure that cats and kittens are not smuggled illegally into the UK from EU countries. more like this
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Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to preserving the UK’s high standards of biosecurity and animal welfare. The EU Pet Travel Scheme requires all pets travelling to Great Britain on approved routes to be declared. 100% of these are then subject to documentary and identity checks. All commercial EU consignments of dogs or cats receive documentary checks on entry and the Animal and Plant Health Agency conducts further risk based checks away from the border. We have increased resourcing at major UK ports to detect smuggled animals and continue to work collaboratively with Border Force, sharing intelligence in order to disrupt illegal imports.</p><p>On 13 May this year a statutory instrument[1] was laid in Parliament which will introduce a ban on commercial third party sales of puppies and kittens in England. This decision followed a public consultation which received over 6,500 responses, 96% of which supported the proposal. The ban itself is planned to come into force on 6 April 2020 and, once in place, anyone seeking to buy or adopt a kitten will have to deal directly with the breeder or with one of the UK’s many animal rehoming centres. Restricting the sale of kittens to licensed breeders has the potential to help deter people motivated to illegally import kittens for the purpose of financial gain.</p><p>[1] <a href="https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukdsi/2019/9780111186954" target="_blank">The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019</a></p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2019-05-29T14:14:39.393Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-29T14:14:39.393Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property file name The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2019.pdf more like this
star this property title Draft Statutory Instrument more like this
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4171
unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Black of Brentwood more like this
1127592
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property hansard heading Gender Recognition: Young People 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 Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps have been taken in the last six months to reduce the waiting time for transsexual youths at the Tavistock Hospital Gender Identity Clinic. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bath more like this
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Wera Hobhouse more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is working with NHS England to develop and implement measures to reduce waiting times. NHS England has increased funding for the Trust’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) by around 150% since 2015/16, but the Trust continues to face challenges in recruiting clinical staff in GIDs with significant experience and expertise.</p><p>The service has trialled several initiatives to provide support to young people who are referred, this includes - but is not limited to:</p><p>- an ongoing recruitment drive;</p><p>- initiatives to actively manage the waiting list offering consultations to local services in complex cases while they wait for specialist input;</p><p>- consultation sessions with local mental health services and group sessions with children under 10 years of age;</p><p>- regularly reviewing communication around the waiting lists to equip young people with information which is as accurate as possible about their wait;</p><p>- reviewing policies and procedures around first appointments, for example looking at Did Not Attend (DNA) policies to ensure those offered appointments to take them up;</p><p>- giving more attention to clinically appropriate timely transitions between the Trust’s gender identity service and adult services; and</p><p>- clinician operated ‘helpline’ for urgent enquiries/concerns from young people, their families and referrers on the waiting list.</p><p>NHS England has also committed to reviewing the service specification for GIDS in 2019/20.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Thurrock more like this
star this property answering member printed Jackie Doyle-Price more like this
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less than 2019-05-29T14:26:43.147Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-29T14:26:43.147Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jackie Doyle-Price more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Wera Hobhouse more like this
1127504
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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 more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Security Benefits: Disqualification 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 Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of a moratorium on benefit sanctions for (a) low-income and (b) single-unit families during the school summer holidays. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bermondsey and Old Southwark more like this
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Neil Coyle more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Department works to design and deliver a compassionate approach that supports claimants on Universal Credit and other benefits.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has not made an assessment of the potential merits of a moratorium on benefit sanctions during the school summer holidays for a) low-income and (b) single-unit families, as we are in the process of reviewing the effect of sanctions on work incentives.</p><p> </p><p>There are a number of measures designed to help the claimant’s financial situation. Hardship payments are available to eligible claimants who will face hardship as a result of a sanction. Additionally, we have recently announced that the length of the maximum single sanction any benefit claimant could face will be reduced from three years to six months.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Reading West more like this
star this property answering member printed Alok Sharma more like this
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less than 2019-05-29T11:06:30.33Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-29T11:06:30.33Z
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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 Neil Coyle more like this
1127506
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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 more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment her Department has made of the compatibility of universal credit implementation with the socio-economic duty in Section 1 of the Equality Act 2010. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bermondsey and Old Southwark more like this
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Neil Coyle more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Department published an Equality Impact Assessment for Universal Credit (UC) in 2011, which stands overall, although in line with Ministers’ legal duties equality impacts have been considered on all major changes to UC. This can be accessed at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-equality-impact-assessment" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/universal-credit-equality-impact-assessment</a></p><p> </p><p>An Equality Impact assessment is currently being produced to cover details of the selection of Move to UC claimants to take part in the first phase of the pilot.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-05-29T12:14:07.29Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-29T12:14:07.29Z
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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 Neil Coyle more like this
1127594
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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 more like this
star this property hansard heading Universal Credit: Disability more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps she is taking to consult (a) disabled people and (b) the organisations that represent disabled people to ensure that her digital by default programme for universal credit is compatible with the assistive technology that many disabled people rely on to access online services. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Bermondsey and Old Southwark more like this
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Neil Coyle more like this
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star this property answer text <p>All Department for Work and Pensions’ digital services are designed and built in line with Government Digital Service guidelines, and international standards for IT accessibility (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1). The intention is to make the services usable by as many people as possible without the use of assistive technology, and to be compatible with screen reading and magnifying tools for those people requiring them.</p><p> </p><p>To ensure that they meet these standards, the services are tested during the development process and prior to implementation. This includes both a range of technical tests and assessment of their usability by intended end users.</p><p> </p><p>Feedback from users of the services is encouraged and acted upon.</p><p> </p><p>Specifically, for Universal Credit Full Service (UCFS), we continue to work closely with service users and their representatives and have recently completed our second external Audit that provided WCAG AA accreditation. The Department has a dedicated team ensuring that user experience (and accessibility is key to this) is at the heart of the way we develop the service.</p><p> </p><p>For people unable to access or use digital services, assistance to make and maintain their claim is available via the Freephone Universal Credit helpline. Face-to-face support is also available in Jobcentres. In exceptional circumstances, a home visit can be arranged to support a claimant in making and maintaining their claim.</p><p> </p><p>From 1 April 2019 Citizens Advice (England and Wales) and Citizens Advice Scotland are delivering the new ‘Help to Claim’ support to claimants making a new Universal Credit (UC) claim or moving from a legacy benefit to UC because of a change of circumstances. The Citizens Advice Help to Claim offers tailored, practical support to help people make a UC claim up to receiving their first full correct payment on time. It is available online, through web-chat, through a Freephone number and face to face through local Citizens Advice services.</p>
star this property answering member constituency North Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Justin Tomlinson more like this
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less than 2019-05-29T11:46:59.4Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-29T11:46:59.4Z
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star this property label Biography information for Justin Tomlinson more like this
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1127581
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Department of Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
star this property hansard heading Orkambi and Symkevi more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for the conclusion of negotiations between NHS England, NICE and Vertex on access to (a) Orkambi and (b) Symkevi for people with cystic fibrosis. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
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star this property answer text <p>NHS England provided an update to the Health and Social Care Committee (HSCC) of the House of Commons on 23 May 2019, which can be found at the following link:</p><p><a href="https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/Health/Correspondence/2017-19/19-05-23-NHS-England-update-availability-of-Orkambi-on-the-NHS.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/Health/Correspondence/2017-19/19-05-23-NHS-England-update-availability-of-Orkambi-on-the-NHS.pdf</a></p><p>This update informed the HSCC that a revised and improved offer had been made to Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Discussions between Vertex, NHS England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) are ongoing.</p><p>The Government fully supports NICE and NHS England in seeking to ensure access for patients to effective and innovative medicines at a price that represents value to the National Health Service, and expects companies to engage realistically with NHS England and NICE regarding pricing issues. Where companies engage positively and show appropriate flexibility, it is possible to find a way to enable access to important treatments in a way that is also cost effective for the NHS.</p>
star this property answering member constituency South Ribble more like this
star this property answering member printed Seema Kennedy more like this
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less than 2019-05-29T11:10:57.947Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-29T11:10:57.947Z
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star this property label Biography information for Seema Kennedy more like this
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1127621
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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy more like this
star this property hansard heading Iron and Steel more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate he has made of the number of tonnes of coal required to produce steel at current levels in the next five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birkenhead more like this
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Frank Field more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Finished steel products are produced in the UK through a mixture of the blast furnace route, which requires coal and iron ore, and through the electric arc furnace route, which does not require coal. We have not estimated the tonnes of coal required for current production of UK finished steel products.</p><p>The Government has long supported the UK steel industry to exploit opportunities and plan for future demand with wide-ranging action.</p><p>For the first time this year we have published information from departments and their arm’s-length bodies on how much steel they have procured over the last financial year and how they have applied the steel procurement guidance.</p><p>The Government has also published details of upcoming steel requirements for national infrastructure projects. The data shows how the Government plans to use over three million tonnes of steel until 2021 on infrastructure projects such as the construction of Hinkley Point, and the maintenance and upgrading of the UK’s motorway network.</p><p>We recently as a Department signed up to the UK Steel Charter. We want to acknowledge and support this initiative from industry. We have been encouraging the UK steel sector to strengthen their engagement with all existing and potential domestic steel consumers, maximising opportunities to benefit from the £3.8 billion a year by 2030 high market value opportunities we have identified.</p><p>The Government has provided more than £291m in compensation to the steel sector since 2013 to make energy costs more competitive, including over £53 million during 2018. And last year we announced the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund, worth up to £315 million, to support businesses with high energy use to transition to a low carbon future and to cut their bills through increased energy efficiency.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Pendle more like this
star this property answering member printed Andrew Stephenson more like this
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less than 2019-05-29T13:14:00.78Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-29T13:14:00.78Z
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star this property label Biography information for Andrew Stephenson more like this
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1127550
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Ministry of Justice more like this
star this property answering dept id 54 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Justice more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Justice more like this
star this property hansard heading Birmingham Prison: G4S more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what changes he has implemented at HMP Birmingham following the cancellation of the G4S contract at that site. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Ladywood more like this
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Shabana Mahmood more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) exercised its right under the contract with G4S to ‘step-in’ in August 2018 and took over the running of HMP Birmingham. The ‘step-in’ meant that HMPPS could provide additional resources and support to directly address the areas of failure identified. The additional cost of the ‘step-in’ action, including additional HMPPS staff has been recovered from G4S in accordance with the terms of the contract.</p><p> </p><p>There has been good progress since the ‘step-in’ however, the department and G4S have mutually agreed to formally return the prison to HMPPS in July 2019. G4S staff at Birmingham will transfer to HMPPS contracts on 1 July and they are being supported through the transition.</p><p>This change will continue to drive the long-term improvements that are required at the prison.</p><p> </p><p>We have made no changes since G4S remain contractually responsible for the prison until 1st of July 2019.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency South Swindon more like this
star this property answering member printed Robert Buckland more like this
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less than 2019-05-29T16:17:27.707Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-29T16:17:27.707Z
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4106
star this property label Biography information for Robert Buckland more like this
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3914
unstar this property label Biography information for Shabana Mahmood more like this
1127555
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Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Housing, Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Local Government Finance: Birmingham more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on increasing funding to Birmingham City Council in advance of the spending review. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Birmingham, Ladywood more like this
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Shabana Mahmood more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The funding available for local authorities is determined in periodic Spending Reviews, and allocated in the main as part of the annual local government finance process. As the Chancellor announced at Spring Statement, if a deal with the EU is agreed in the coming weeks, the 2019 Spending Review will be launched before summer recess and conclude alongside an Autumn Budget. This will provide an opportunity to consider local government spending in the round and preparations are well underway.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Richmond (Yorks) more like this
star this property answering member printed Rishi Sunak more like this
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less than 2019-05-29T10:44:18.747Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-29T10:44:18.747Z
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star this property label Biography information for Rishi Sunak more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Shabana Mahmood more like this