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Levern Spencer third at Continental Cup!

(SNO) — Levern Spencer ended her fantastic season with another international medal, finishing third in women’s high jump at the IAAF Continental Cup on Sunday (Sept. 9) at the City Stadium in Ostrava-Vítkovice in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The Saint Lucia and Caribbean champion repeated her finish from 2010, when she took bronze for the Americas. This time, with her team ...

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There’s enough evidence to charge Dallas officer accused of killing man after entering wrong home, lawyer says

(WASHINGTON POST) — An attorney for the family of Botham Shem Jean said there’s enough evidence to charge a Dallas police officer who authorities say mistakenly entered Jean’s apartment and killed him. Calls to arrest Amber Guyger have intensified over the weekend as investigators held off on obtaining an arrest warrant on manslaughter charges. Dallas Police Chief Renée Hall said ...

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Government extends condolences to the Jean family

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Government of Saint Lucia extends deepest condolences to former Permanent Secretary Ms. Allison Jean following the sudden death of her son, Mr. Botham Shem Jean. Acting Prime Minister Honourable Ezechiel Joseph, speaking on behalf of the Government of Saint Lucia, stated that the tragic circumstances leading to the death of the 26-year-old in Dallas, Texas, has come ...

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Saint Lucia whips Antigua to open FIFA Nations League

(SNO) — Second-half goals from Pernal Williams (50), Andrus Remy (67) and substitute Jervic McFarlane (90) saw Saint Lucia getting a 3-0 away-win over Antigua and Barbuda and massive revenge from the last time these two teams met, as the FIFA Nations League continued on Friday with a match-up in St John’s. Saint Lucia started with a 4-3-3 formation: Leon ...

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Saint Lucia National Trust’s open letter to DCA regarding demolition works at the Castries prison

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – AN OPEN LETTER TO: Development Control Authority Graeham Louisy Administrative Building The Waterfront Castries It was brought to the attention of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) that plans are being advanced to demolish the Castries Prison, formerly the Royal Gaol. Upon investigation, we discovered that demolition works have commenced on the periphery of the ...

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Health care and party politics don’t mix

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – When doctors put down their stethoscopes, fold and pack away their medical coats, the immediate casualties of their failure to report to work, are the people who need them most. Our sick men, women and children, asthmatics, epileptics, and babies dehydrated from gastroenteritis, are further afflicted when their caregivers are not present. No one can ...

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Saint Lucian shot dead after Dallas Officer enters wrong apartment

(SNO) — A Saint Lucian man, Botham Shem Jean, was fatally shot Thursday night after a Dallas police officer entered the wrong apartment, according to reports. Below is the full report from FOX 4 NEWS DALLAS – An off-duty Dallas police officer shot and killed a man after walking into the wrong apartment in her building just south of Downtown ...

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BVI inmates return home on first anniversary of Hurricane Irma

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Ten Prisoners were yesterday Thursday, September 6, escorted from the Bordelais Correctional facility under heavy security in compliance with arrangements to ensure they were safely repatriated to the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Prison officers from the BVI formed part of the escort from the beginning to completion of the prisoners’ journey. A total of twenty-one ...

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Saint Lucia exports breadfruit to USA

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Perineau’s Exports, a Saint Lucian exporter with guidance and assistance from Export Saint Lucia (TEPA) successfully exported a test shipment of breadfruit to Miami, Florida in the U.S. on August 28, 2018. This success is directly attributed to a workshop held in July of this year. Export Saint Lucia hosted an “EXPORTING TO THE USA” ...

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LUCELEC statement on retirement age ruling and strike action notice by CSA

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) operates within the law. There was a dispute between the Civil Service Association (CSA) and LUCELEC on the interpretation of the law regarding the retirement age. The CSA represents the Company’s Grade 1 employees (Junior Staff). The matter went before the Labour Tribunal which ruled in favour of the ...

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SALCC welcomes 973 new students; reopening branded “successful”

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) — On Monday September 3, 2018, the campus grounds of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College at Morne Fortune was a bustle of activity as new and continuing students of the College prepared for their first day of classes. For the last two weeks, the College staff has been engaged in registration and orientation activities for all ...

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Customs officers’ sickout the “first wave of action” against PM’s decision: source

(SNO) – Saint Lucian Customs and Excise officers have begun a two-day sickout in protest over government’s plans to merge a number of government departments into the proposed St Lucia Border Management Authority, according to sources. The planned sickout is scheduled to take place Thursday and Friday this week. “This is said to be the first wave of action,” one ...

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UPDATED: Accident victim dies days after accident (+video)

(SNO) –– A man who was involved in a motorcycle accident in Castries on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 succumbed to his injuries at hospital in the early hours of Wednesday, Sept. 5, according to sources. He has been identified as Kimran Cooper, also known as Marco, who is known to live or frequent the communities of Wilton’s Yard and Morne ...

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UPDATED: Saint Lucian motorcyclist dies in horrific Martinique road crash (videos and photos added)

(SNO) — A Saint Lucian has lost his life as a result of a motor vehicle accident in neighbouring Martinique, according to French media reports. Jimmy St Val, who had celebrated his 25th birthday on August 31, died after his motorcycle collided head-on with a taxi at the entrance of Roches Carrées district in Lamentin, according to Martinique 1ere. St. Val ...

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Illegal sea turtle harvesting in Vieux Fort under investigation

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) is working with the Department of Fisheries in response to two incidents of illegal sea turtle harvesting within the Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA) in Vieux Fort. The first incident occurred last week when some concerned citizens came upon a turtle net in which four juvenile marine turtles ...

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Belle Vue residents and motorists fed up with roads filled with crater-like potholes

(SNO) —  Repair our roads sooner rather than later, if not we will take drastic action! That’s the stern warning minibus drivers of Route 4B, owners of private vehicles and commuters have issued to government, urging it to take heed. Some of those concerned residents have already begun showing their dissatisfaction with the condition of the roads leading to Belle ...

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5 scholarships awarded by St. Lucia Civil Service Association

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The St. Lucia Civil Service Association’s Education and Training Committee has awarded five (5) scholarships to members’ children to pursue studies at the secondary school level, beginning the academic year 2018, as well as ten (10) awards for special assistance valued at $500.00 per child. The scholarship awardees are as follows: – All of the ...

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Prudent urges St Lucians to attend rally on Sunday

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – On June 6th, 2016, the citizens of our country elected a new government, which vowed that, compared to its predecessor, it was better able to ease their economic frustrations, upgrade the national infrastructure to the extent that it rivalled that of other metropolitan nations, provide adequate and high-quality healthcare, and renovate existing schools and build ...

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Education minister blames some principals for school refurbishment delays (see video & audio)

(SNO) — Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert has disclosed that some principals submitted reports of infrastructural defects for their schools as late as the same day school re-opened. Some principals submitted reports a week before the new school year started. The minister, who did not identify the school principals responsible for the late maintenance reports, said these late submissions have ...

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Dr. Hilaire on Dr. Rigobert’s ‘blame game’: “Now this is becoming even more bizarre”

(SNO) —  Castries South Member of Parliament Dr. Ernest Hilaire has said Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert should accept full responsibility for issues affecting the education system. The Opposition parliamentarian was responding to reports of delays in school refurbishment for the new year school. Dr. Rigobert said some principals submitted reports of infrastructural defects for their schools as late as the same ...

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Daren Sammy joins CWI as ambassador for ICC WWT20

(SNO) – Daren Sammy, one of Saint Lucia’s most prolific international sport stars will join the WINDIES Ambassador Programme to lend his support of the WINDIES Women for the upcoming ICC Women’s World T20. Sammy, captain of the winning WINDIES Teams for the 2012 and 2016 World Twenty20 Championships has confirmed his participation and will make appearances during the September ...

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Cause of Vieux Fort man’s “suspicious” death revealed

(SNO) — A post-mortem conducted on the body of Douglas Ricardo Campsell of Cacao, Vieux Fort North has revealed that his injuries are consistent with a fall, but how he fell is still speculative, according to law enforcement sources. Campsell died after he fell from a scaffolding on a construction site, shortly before 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 25, 2018 in ...

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Prominent Saint Lucia attorney Marcus Foster dies

(SNO) — The legal fraternity and the wider Saint Lucia community are mourning well-known attorney Marcus Foster, also known as Harry and Olay, who passed away here Tuesday morning, Sept. 4, according to reports. He was 54. Tributes have already begun to pour in on social media. “I have seen this man in action in court on a good day…Brilliant ...

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Mother of Callis Benjamin says her son was a loving individual

(SNO) — Philomen Benjamin, the mother of 19-year-old Callis Benjamin who was gunned down in Desrameaux, Gros Islet on Saturday around 5 p.m. (Sept. 1) along with his cousin Rohan Louison, 13, is seeking justice for her son. Philomen told MBC that her son was a loving individual and dismissed rumours he was armed on the day he was shot. She ...

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Saint Lucia airport corruption allegations attract US media attention

(CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW) — Long-standing allegations of corruption involving government ministers and other officials in Saint Lucia and a South Florida businessman have attracted the attention of the widely-read Florida newspaper, The Miami Herald. In a lengthy article on Monday, Herald reporters Adiel Kaplan and Aaron Leibowitz described how Antonio Assenza, who came to the United States from Venezuela in ...

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Saint Lucia’s Martin Mann joins Pace University

(SNO) – Saint Lucia-eligible Lawrence Academy/Wakefield, Rhode Island basketballer Martin Mann has begun the academic year with Pace University, with whose men’s basketball team he will be playing this winter, where he will be playing in the Northeast 10 on a full scholarship. Mann, a 6’7″, 215-lb forward from Lowell, MA, joins the Setters after a decorated four-year career at ...

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International netball certification for Saint Lucia’s Benti

(SNO) – Saint Lucia is set to be represented at the highest level of global netball, as one of the island’s leading officials has been certified as one of just six International Umpire Awards from the Caribbean, and the first from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. Erasmus Wayne Benti has joined three officials each from Jamaica and Trinidad & ...

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Police officer was on scene of teenagers’ shooting deaths in Desrameaux

(SNO) – A police officer was on the scene of the shooting that took the lives of two teenagers Saturday afternoon (Sept. 1) at Desrameaux, Gros Islet. This was confirmed this morning (Sept. 3) by Assistant Commissioner of Police Wayne Charlery who is responsible for crime and intelligence management in the Royal Saint Lucia Police force. However Charlery declined to ...

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UPDATE: No one arrested for killing ‘Face’

(SNO) — Last month’s shooting death of Wilton’s Yard, Castries resident Stephen Francis, aka Face, may become another cold case. Police have yet to arrest and bring charges against anyone in connection with the homicide, according to reliable sources. The 47-year-old father of two succumbed at Victoria Hospital from gunshot wounds he sustained in his community on Sunday, August 19. The incident occurred ...

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Firearm retrieved from scene of double homicide, suspect released from custody: sources

(SNO) — A firearm was retrieved from the scene of Saturday’s double homicide in Desrameaux, according to multiple law enforce sources. Rohan Greg Louison, 13, and Callis Benjamin, 19, both of Desrameaux, died from gunshot wounds in the incident that shocked residents of the relatively quiet and peaceful, hilly Gros Islet community hilly that is bounded by Monchy on the east and Babonneau ...

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Gros Islet Athletics Club pays tribute to slain teen

(SNO) — Rohan Louison, the 13-year-old who was one of the victims of this weekend’s double homicide in Desrameaux, Gros Islet, was an athlete and a member of the Gros Islet Athletics Sports Club. The club paid tribute to Louison on their Facebook page, four hours after the shooting: Tonight it is with a very heavy heart that we say Goodbye ...

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My life was just suffering – A YPG story

I grew up suffering from loneliness and for so many reasons I never fully understood the reason why. As a result of this loneliness, it led me to become very suicidal, rebellious, angry and depressed. This isolation grew when I went to secondary school, and I really couldn’t control it anymore. I became an evil child and started engaging in ...

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Saint Lucia’s Constantine starts strong at Butler

(SNO) — The Community College women’s cross country team opened the 2018 season with a pair of top-15 placers Saturday morning at the Tiger-Builder Invite, held on the campus of Southwestern College. Grizzlies freshmen Claudina Udoka Constantine and Hilda Kipruto placed 11th and 14th, respectively. Saint Lucia’s Constantine, a transfer from Essex Community College, finished the 5K course with a ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Decomposed body found in Jacmel

(SNO) — A decomposed body found in Bois Den, Jacmel is suspected to be that of 72-year-old Lawrence Charles who was reported missing from his home since August 17, police said. The remains of a male was discovered in bushes near a ravine on Saturday afternoon, police said. Below is our previous story published on August 21 on the missing man ...

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Man shot in Bexon

(SNO) — A man is nursing a gunshot wound as a result of an incident in Bexon, Castries early Sunday morning (Sept. 2.), according to reports. The victim has been identified as Tony Alphonse, 28, of Bexon. He reportedly sustained a gunshot wound to his left leg. Ambulance responded to the shooting at 3:03 a.m. and transported Alphonse to Victoria ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Second shooting victim dies

(SNO) — Police are now investigating a double homicide after the second victim of the shooting incident in Desrameaux, Gros Islet on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 1) succumbed to his injuries, according to sources. Callis Benjamin, who is 19 years old, died at hospital hours after he, along with Rohan Louison, were shot. Louison is about 13 years old. The teens ...

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UPDATED: Teen shot and killed in Desrameaux, Gros Islet; another in critical condition

(SNO) — One of two teenagers who sustained gunshot wounds in Desrameaux, Gros Islet on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 1) has been confirmed dead, according to sources. The deceased has been identified as Rohan Louison, who is 13 years old, of Desrameaux. The other victim, Callis Benjamin, 19 years old, and also a resident of Desrameaux, is currently in critical condition ...

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Days of water issues in Ti Rocher/Micoud coming to an end

(SNO) — Residents of Ti Rocher, Micoud are expected to have a regular supply of pipe-borne water on a daily basis by year-end. That’s according to the general manager of the Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) Edmund Regis. Regis was at the time addressing a sod turning ceremony held on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, to formalise the commencement of ...

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Work on DSH project in full swing despite increased opposition

(SNO) — Since former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony announced that he’s considering taking legal action against the Desert Star Holding (DSH) development, it appears the government is pursuing the project with more urgency and is not bothered by his announcement. Dr. Anthony made the announcement earlier this year, after a number of local organisations, and his main Opposition Saint ...

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Multiple people injured in Barre de L’isle accident

accident(SNO) — The authorities are investigating a motor vehicle accident at Barre de L’isle early Saturday (Sept. 1) that left multiple people nursing injuries, according to sources. The accident involved a minibus and a flatbed truck. Eleven people were reportedly transported to hospital in stable condition. Dennery and Castries fire personnel responded to the accident shortly after 5 a.m. No ...

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Saint Lucia gov’t shells out US$12M for sports consultancy in no-bid contract

(CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW) — Yet another leaked document from the Prime Minister Allen Chastanet-led administration has revealed that, on April 10, 2018, the Saint Lucia government entered into an agreement with a sports project management firm, The Parker Company (TPC) in Miami, Florida, represented by Donald Lockerbie, to provide sports programme management services for the sum of US$12 million on ...

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Daren Sammy Foundation awards 14 scholarships

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Daren Sammy Foundation (DSF) has awarded fourteen (14) students, from across Saint Lucia, with scholarships to pursue their education for the upcoming school year. Covering books, bags, uniforms and tuition fees, the Daren Sammy Foundation Scholarship is a yearly initiative that seeks to reward underprivileged, but hardworking students. Recipients were selected from a pool ...

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Civil servants not convinced Saint Lucia government acting in good faith

(CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW)  — Following a meeting with the Customs and Excise Branch on Tuesday, regarding the proposed new Border Management Authority and the plans to create a statutory corporation for this purpose, members of Saint Lucia’s Civil Service Association (CSA) continued to express serious concerns and accused the government of acting in bad faith. “Notwithstanding a meeting held with ...

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50 more for the Royal St. Lucia Police Force

(SNO) – The staff complement of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force is to be expanded by 50 more recruits. The announcement was made by Assistance Commissioner (ACP) of Police responsible for operations George Nicholas at a press conference today, August 31, 2018. According to the ACP, the new batch of police recruits should be in uniform and on duty ...

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St Lucians win prestigious Chevening Scholarships

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Chevening Scholarship winners for 2018 were announced yesterday by British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Mrs Janet Douglas. Among them are two awardees from St Lucia – Ms Kenisha Jeffrey, a Fire Officer of eleven years who was recently promoted to the rank of Leading Firewoman; and Mrs Lavorne Verdant-Desir who ...

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Education Ministry appoints Interim Board to Sir Arthur Lewis Community

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Ministry for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development has appointed an Interim Board of Governors to the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC), effective immediately. The Board is constituted for a period of six months and includes: Dr. Jocelyn Fletcher (Chairperson) Dr. Rufina Frederick Ms. Vanesta Nervais Mr. Barrie Corcoran Dr. Claudia Louis ...

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MOST receives donations of school supplies for the underprivileged

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Liking Aquatic Swim Club and book author Ms. Dawn French have once again demonstrated their support for the Government and people of Saint Lucia by donating school supplies and story books to the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government. The ceremony was held on Wednesday August 29th, ...

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Digicel and Dennery Segment collaborate

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – St. Lucia’s newest music sensation- The Dennery Segment has joined forces with total communications and entertainment company, Digicel. The 16 member team that is now globally known as The Dennery Segment is busy preparing for their first tour of the United States of America, which will run from August 30th to October 10th. The artistes ...

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SRDF awards Soufriere top achievers with scholarships

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) has yet again extended its humanitarianism to the town of Soufriere through the issuance of bursaries and scholarships. This program which has existed successfully for twelve years is intended to facilitate the educational process for top achievers and underprivileged students who would have otherwise been unable to satisfy the ...

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SLP: Why did the Range Hotel project become such a fiasco?

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Saint Lucia Labour Party notes with dismay the statement by the UWP General Secretary, Oswald Augustin. The Labour Party appeals to Mr. Augustin not to treat the people’s business with such mockery. Paying out $33M is a serious matter and cannot be laughed at. The fact is the UWP Government found a hotel project ...

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Hilaire continues to manipulate the truth – UWP

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The events of the past week have once again proven that the Saint Lucia Labour Party continues to manipulate the truth in their own narrow pursuits to engineer confusion and chaos. It is evident that ahead of their so-called march of shame, the Labour Party is trying to garner support by shamelessly misleading the public. At ...

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