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star this property date less than 2015-03-24more like thismore than 2015-03-24
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Parks 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 Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with the National Trust on the preservation of public parks. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon remove filter
unstar this property uin 228925 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-26more like thismore than 2015-03-26
star this property answer text <p>Details of Ministers’ meetings with external organisations are published on-line as part of our transparency agenda. They are available at:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications?departments%5B%5D=department-for-communities-and-local-government&amp;publication_type=transparency-data" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications?departments%5B%5D=department-for-communities-and-local-government&amp;publication_type=transparency-data</a><br><br></p><p> </p><p>Through the Community Right to Bid, introduced as part of the Localism Act 2011, communities and local groups can protect local assets, such as parks, playing fields and allotments, by nominating them to be listed by the local authority as an Asset of Community Value. If the listed asset comes up for sale, local community groups can ‘pause’ the sale for a period of time in order to raise the finance to make a bid to buy it.</p><p> </p><p>In February, the Department held a green spaces seminar to explore barriers to pursuing innovative solutions to protecting green spaces and to consider what actions central government might usefully take to help remove some of these. The National Trust attended this seminar and presented the approach they are exploring in partnership with Sheffield City Council to create an endowment fund for the city’s parks. This work is being pursued as part of the £1 million Rethinking Parks project initiated by Nesta, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Bristol West more like this
star this property answering member printed Stephen Williams more like this
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less than 2015-03-26T08:50:59.207Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-26T08:50:59.207Z
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star this property label Biography information for Stephen Williams more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-09-07more like thismore than 2015-09-07
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Housing Stock: Landlords 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 Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to monitor availability of homes in the Buy to Let category in the UK. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon remove filter
unstar this property uin 9305 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 2015-09-15more like thismore than 2015-09-15
star this property answer text <p>Analysts in my Department monitor the buy to let market on a regular basis. Their analysis and estimates for the sector are based on data the Department has purchased from the Council of Mortgage Lenders. This is a private database with commercial in confidence data.</p><p> </p><p>Officials in my Department also have a wide range of meetings with lenders (both professional bodies such as Council for Mortgage Lender and Building Society Association) to monitor the buy to let market.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2015-09-15T11:38:33.347Zmore like thismore than 2015-09-15T11:38:33.347Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-11-03more like thismore than 2015-11-03
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Affordable Housing: First Time Buyers 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 Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assistance the Government is providing for housing associations in building more affordable homes for first-time buyers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon remove filter
unstar this property uin 14640 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 2015-11-11more like thismore than 2015-11-11
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to helping hard working families meet their aspirations to own their own homes and it is a priority to increase the provision of affordable housing available to first time buyers. <br>We have exceeded expectations over the last five years in delivering affordable homes, with more than 260,000 delivered since April 2010.</p><p>We are committed to deliver a further 275,000 new affordable homes by 2020. This is well under way with over £1bn of the 2015-18 affordable homes programme already allocated to deliver new affordable homes across the country.</p><p>Shared ownership is an integral part of this programme and helps those who may be otherwise priced out of the market to get a foot on the property ladder. Between April 2010 and March 2015 we delivered 41,000 new shared ownership homes.</p><p>Through shared ownership and the Government’s commitment to build 200,000 Starter Homes by 2020, we are on track to help thousands of families achieve the dream of home ownership for the first time.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2015-11-11T16:33:38.1Zmore like thismore than 2015-11-11T16:33:38.1Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-12-15more like thismore than 2015-12-15
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Owner Occupation 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 Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to increase the level of home ownership relative to other EU countries. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon remove filter
unstar this property uin 20117 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-12-18more like thismore than 2015-12-18
star this property answer text <p>This Government is committed to increasing opportunities to help people achieve the aspiration of home ownership. Almost 270,000 people have been helped to buy a home since 2010 using government-backed schemes. In the Autumn Statement we announced that the Help to Buy: Equity Loan scheme will be extended for five years to 2021 with £8.6 billion of additional funding. This will assist the sale of up to 145,000 more new-build homes. We will also launch London Help to Buy in early 2016, increasing the equity loan in London from up to 20% to up to 40%, in recognition of the specific affordability issues resulting from higher house prices in the capital.</p><p>The Autumn Statement also confirmed a total of £8 billion for over 400,000 affordable homes, including £4.1 billion for 135,000 new Shared Ownership homes. This also includes delivery of 200,000 Starter Homes at a 20% discount for young first time buyers, with £2.3 billion committed to supporting these. As well as reinvigorating the Right to Buy in 2012, we have secured a historic deal with housing associations to give their tenants the opportunity to buy their home with an equivalent discount to the Right to Buy.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2015-12-18T14:35:24.033Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-18T14:35:24.033Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-12-15more like thismore than 2015-12-15
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Local Government: Muslims 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 Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps his Department is taking to increase the representation of Muslims on elected bodies. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon remove filter
unstar this property uin 20118 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 2015-12-22more like thismore than 2015-12-22
star this property answer text <p>The Government believes that democratic institutions make the best decisions when they have a mix of people with different skills, backgrounds and experiences, from right across the country. The Government implemented section 106 of the Equality Act, which makes it possible to require registered political parties to publish anonymised data relating to the diversity of their candidate selection. This is a voluntary approach, which provides greater transparency over candidate selection. It is for political parties to ensure that they have a wide range of candidates to stand for elections.</p><p>We have supported and promoted mentoring schemes and internships at local and national Government level to open up political life to black, Asian and minority women and disabled people. Schemes such as the ‘Be a Councillor Campaign’ run by the Local Government Association encourage candidates from all walks of life to come forward and represent their local community.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Nuneaton more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Marcus Jones more like this
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less than 2015-12-22T16:22:05.48Zmore like thismore than 2015-12-22T16:22:05.48Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Marcus Jones more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-01-11more like thismore than 2016-01-11
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Ethnic Groups: Northern Ireland 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 Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions his Department has had with its counterparts in Northern Ireland on the integration of minority communities. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon remove filter
unstar this property uin 21866 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-01-19more like thismore than 2016-01-19
star this property answer text <p>Officials have regular contact with their counterparts in the Northern Ireland Executive on issues of mutual interest, including integration, but we do not keep a central list of such contacts, many of which are informal.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Nuneaton more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Marcus Jones more like this
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less than 2016-01-19T16:50:33.627Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-19T16:50:33.627Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Marcus Jones more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-01-13more like thismore than 2016-01-13
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Retail Trade: Urban Areas 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 Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps he is taking to promote local high street retail businesses. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon remove filter
unstar this property uin 22502 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-01-22more like thismore than 2016-01-22
star this property answer text <p>The Government recognises that retail businesses are a vital part of high streets and is committed to supporting and promoting them. We introduced £1.4 billion of support for business rate bills in 2015 – 16 in England. The Autumn Statement 2015 also announced continuation of the doubling of Small Business Rate Relief in 2016 - 17, providing help for 600,000 rate payers, with 400,000 paying nothing at all. We are also committed to reviewing the future structure of Business Rates, to report before Budget 2016.</p><p>We are also bringing forward sensible planning changes to allow business to respond flexibly to changing market conditions and are taking action to tackle over-zealous parking practices. We have reviewed the role and power of Business Improvement Districts, and are taking forward changes that will mean that they can become more involved in local decisions that affect their area.</p><p>We have also run the Great British High Street Awards since 2014, which has championed the hard work of local businesses and communities around the country. With nearly 200,000 votes cast in the public voting element in the 2015 Awards, the competition proves how much local people cherish our high streets. We will continue to showcase best practice from the Awards.</p><p>The Future High Street Forum is a joint partnership between government and the retail, leisure and property industries. It is leading an ambitious programme of work, including looking at town centre restructuring and the digital high street, to support town centres to meet the changing needs of today’s consumer<strong>. </strong></p>
star this property answering member constituency Nuneaton more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Marcus Jones more like this
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less than 2016-01-22T13:19:09.657Zmore like thismore than 2016-01-22T13:19:09.657Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Marcus Jones more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-02-10more like thismore than 2016-02-10
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Anaerobic Digestion: Planning Permission 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 Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if his Department will provide support for producers of anaerobic digestive installations in completing planning applications for those installations. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon remove filter
unstar this property uin 26766 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-02-22more like thismore than 2016-02-22
star this property answer text <p>My Department has made clear, through planning guidance, that anaerobic digestion as a form of waste development needs to be planned for. It is for local authorities to decide on the most appropriate strategy for managing waste in their area in line with planning policy and guidance.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Stockton South more like this
star this property answering member printed James Wharton more like this
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less than 2016-02-22T16:45:20.393Zmore like thismore than 2016-02-22T16:45:20.393Z
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star this property label Biography information for James Wharton more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2016-03-01more like thismore than 2016-03-01
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property hansard heading Housing: Disability more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the number of disabled people offered assistance by his Department for the installation of a chair lift in their home in each of the last five years. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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unstar this property uin 29106 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2016-03-04more like thismore than 2016-03-04
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to helping disabled people live independently in their homes for as a long as possible. That is why, since 2010, we have invested over £1 billion into the disabled facilities grant, providing around 250,000 adaptations to disabled people's homes. The Department for Communities and Local Government does not collect specific information on the number of disabled people offered assistance for the installation of a chair lift in their home. However, information on the overall number of grants completed for the years 2009-10 to 2014-15 is provided in the table below.</p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>2009-10</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2010-11</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2011-12</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2012-13</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2013-14</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>2014-15</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p>No. of grants completed</p></td><td><p>44,102</p></td><td><p>45,383</p></td><td><p>43,986</p></td><td><p>36,874</p></td><td><p>42,586</p></td><td><p>33,922</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2016-03-04T14:02:15.537Zmore like thismore than 2016-03-04T14:02:15.537Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-04-30more like thismore than 2014-04-30
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Department for Communities and Local Government more like this
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star this property answering dept short name Communities and Local Government more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Communities and Local Government 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 Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will bring forward proposals to enable small businesses to claim a rates reduction to help them retain staff. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-05-12more like thismore than 2014-05-12
star this property answer text <p> </p><p>As announced at the Autumn Statement, the Government has introduced in England a £1 billion package of business rates support for 2014-15. That includes the continued doubling of Small Business Rate Relief for a further year which we estimate will support 540,000 businesses. The Localism Act has also made it easier for small firms to claim the rate relief to which they are entitled. This support builds on the £11 billion a year of tax cuts this government has announced to corporation tax, employer National Insurance Contributions and fuel duty.</p><p>Business rates in Northern Ireland is a matter for the Northern Ireland Assembly.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Great Yarmouth more like this
star this property answering member printed Brandon Lewis more like this
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less than 2014-05-12T12:00:00.00Zmore like thismore than 2014-05-12T12:00:00.00Z
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star this property label Biography information for Brandon Lewis more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this