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London Notebook: A gift for Israel to remember Ulster

When Labour MP Vernon Coaker moved from shadowing Northern Ireland to defence, he took his Armagh-born special adviser, Conor McGinn, with him.

The pair visited Jerusalem last week and met the leader of the Israeli Labour Party, Isaac Hertzog.

His father, Chaim, a former president of Israel, was born in Belfast in 1917. McGinn arranged a gift for their host – a signed book of historical pictures of Ulster from his father's time in the province.

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