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      Last week I wrote a blog drawing attention to Sweden’s formal recognition of the state of Palestine (the second Western state to do so after Iceland).  That move has created ripples throughout the international community. In recent months the parliaments… ...
      GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
      3 days ago
    • Recognizing Palestine: The European Parliament Votes
      Last week I wrote a blog drawing attention to Sweden’s formal recognition of the state of Palestine (the second Western state to do so after Iceland).  That move has created ripples throughout the international community. In recent months the parliaments… ...
      GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
      3 days ago
    • Recognizing Palestine: The European Parliament Votes
      Last week I wrote a blog drawing attention to Sweden’s formal recognition of the state of Palestine (the second Western state to do so after Iceland).  That move has created ripples throughout the international community. In recent months the parliaments… ...
      GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
      3 days ago
    • Minister has work to do over Xmas
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    • Minister has work to do over Xmas
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      3 days ago
    • Minister has work to do over Xmas
      Red flags raised in a multi-agency review into how Phillip Smith was able to flee the country highlight the inadequacies of those very same agencies not having red flags in place that would have notified them of his plans, says… ...
      3 days ago
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      GreensBy Julie Anne Genter MP
      4 days ago
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      GreensBy Julie Anne Genter MP
      4 days ago
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      4 days ago
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      GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
      4 days ago
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      GreensBy Jan Logie MP
      4 days ago
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      5 days ago
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      GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
      5 days ago
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      6 days ago
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      6 days ago
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      GreensBy Kevin Hague MP
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      GreensBy Russel Norman MP
      6 days ago
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      GreensBy Russel Norman MP
      6 days ago
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    • Farewell at Phillipstown
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      GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
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      GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
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      GreensBy Kennedy Graham MP
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      GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
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      GreensBy Jan Logie MP
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