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Polemic, Parliament and History : Michael Foot versus David Owen. / Garnett, Mark Allan.

In: Parliamentary History, Vol. 35, No. 2, 30.06.2016, p. 171-188.

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Garnett, Mark Allan. / Polemic, Parliament and History : Michael Foot versus David Owen. In: Parliamentary History. 2016 ; Vol. 35, No. 2. pp. 171-188.

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