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Grantham and Stamford MP Nick Boles tells why he backed Boris, switched to ‘political soulmate’ Gove...and resigned as minister

Nick Boles, MP for Grantham and Stamford, has had a turbulent fortnight, first backing Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader, then signing up as Michael Gove’s campaign manager. Here, he explains what happened and why he took the decision to resign from his ministerial role.

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Rutland and Melton MP Alan Duncan.

Alan Duncan: The wrong location for a large scale windfarm complex

T he controversial application to erect an industrial windfarm at Woolfox, near Clipsham and Stretton is likely to be determined by the council planning committee shortly.

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Margaret Gow: As I have said before, there is never a dull moment here!

Great news! The gardener’s been and made a huge difference to the flower beds I can see from the windows of my flat. The contract is up soon and I have my fingers crossed that he will get the job.

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Rex Needle: Tongue End was popular venue for illegal bare knuckle fights

Isolated hamlet attracted huge crowds clamouring to witness secret, brutal bouts that sometimes even ended in deaths

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We’re not all high - tech whizz kids so Beeb take account of the needs of the majority

Bang crash wallop - fireworks a plenty, partying until the early hours, carnivals in the streets, barbecues in the back yards and joyous celebrations of national pride. But don’t panic folks, the Scots haven’t taken over from we Sassenachs – yet. It is of course American Independence Day and we don’t hold any ancient grudges do we? Unlike the House of Commons invasion force of north of the border kilts, apparently determined to take over Mr Milliband’s old job as chief point-scorer. So good luck to our Yankee friends across the pond – oh and have a nice day!

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Alan Duncan: Election message was clear - We must go and finsih the job

As this is my first column since the General Election, I would like to start by once again thanking the voters of Rutland & Melton for placing their trust in me to serve as Member of Parliament.

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Stuart Bullen: Spring the season of bluebells and swifts

Spring is here. A pre dawn walk – an activity that makes you feel slightly virtuous – through the dewy meadow grass, slightly luminous in the warming rising sun in a twilight mauve sky, gives you a completely different take on the countryside around Bourne. For one thing it’s so devoid of manmade noise. An air so quiet and still that the chatter of chaffinches can be heard from the frothy white cow parsley lined hedge a quarter of a mile away sounds a lot nearer than it really is, while the bark of a vixen fox in the neighbouring Elsea woods could be right behind you.

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Rex Needle: When passengers took the steamer on day trips from Bourne to Boston

In the 1850s, the elegant Haute Huntre transported hundreds along the 24 miles of the South Forty Foot Drain

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Canine Behaviour: Teach your dog to play safely with toys

One of the earliest lessons a dog needs to be taught is not to snatch or grab. I'm not just referring to your piece of toast, ice cream or biscuit. When we play with our dogs with their toys, are we teaching them some accidental lessons as well as 'fetch'?

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John Docker: Christmas is all behind you now so it’s time for a look back over last year - and a laugh

With festive memories fading fast and the inevitable raft of seasonal disaster stories in full flow, it’s tempting to think the jollifications are over and - the preponderance of pantomimes not withstanding, one might say it’s all “behind you.” But a trawl through the tail-end Charley stories of last year reveals many a giggle to be found to kick off the new year with a chuckle or two.

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John Docker: If the supply chain can genuinely knock-off 40 or 50 per cent are their profits too large?

Only a matter of days to go before the big ‘rip-open’.

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Alan Duncan: Our schools should work together

This week the Labour Shadow Education spokesman proposed penalising private schools by withdrawing business rate relief unless they can prove they are doing more to support state schools.

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Nick Boles: I’m always happy to meet constituents

In the four and half years that I have been Stamford’s MP there have been lots of controversial planning applications affecting the town. In almost every case objectors have asked me to support their cause. I have always been happy to meet with constituents to understand their concerns and to give them detailed guidance about how planning decisions are made and how to mount a successful campaign. What I have never done is join any campaign, either in favour or against any particular planning application. Why not? Britain is a democracy in which some decisions are taken centrally by authorities that are accountable to Parliament. Others are taken locally by elected councillors and the officers who are accountable to them. For most of the last 30 years the powers and freedoms of local councils have been eroded by interfering, micro managing ministers and MPs. I think this is wrong. I am glad that my government has begun to reverse it. But we still have a long way to go.

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John Docker: This EU law could affect deliveries

They say there’s no fool like an old fool and the older I get the more foolish I seem to become. The other day I renewed my road tax on-line. It doesn’t quite seem the same does it ? Now you don’t even get a piece of paper for your money. Never mind, it gives all those speed cops out there something to do – electronically checking your number with the DVLA as you whiz past. I’d have thought they’ve quite enough on their number-plates already, but there you go, that’s progress for you. Now, where was I? Oh yes, on-line licence renewal. Much better than trolling along to the post office, done it before - easy-peasy, so why was it not accepting my reference number? It’s printed big enough even for my aging eyes to read. But after three attempts I was getting pretty miffed. Must be due to the new system I thought, why can’t they leave things alone these days? I fumed. Then daylight dawned. I was looking at last year’s application form. Definitely a senior moment!

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A Senior Moment: Cages are rattled and tin hat’s on!

Help! Cages are rattling and flack is flying. Accusations of “ludicrous article” and “concentrated abuse” one week and “gratuitous nonsense” the next. (Letters October 31/November 7)

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John Docker: It’s time for the debate to begin

Oh dear, my comments about minimum pay for disabled workers seem to have rattled a few cages – well one at least, but no doubt there are more out there who share John Morgan’s criticism of my column on 24th October (Letters 31st October). Good. Let the debate begin. It’s what we need to solve this highly sensitive dilemma, rather than political point scoring or dogmatic diatribes.

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John Docker: Incredible scenes in Canada

What incredible scenes in the Canadian parliament last week, with the entire chamber standing to applaud the Sergeant at Arms for his bravery in tackling a gunman. Watching the coverage I couldn’t but help compare the images with our own House of Commons. First off, the chamber was packed to its Gallic gunnels - a rarity in itself over here. Next our own Sergeant at Arms would have been obliged to rely on his ceremonial sword rather than packing a pistol - or bashing the gunman on the head with the mace of course!

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John Docker: Is it time to outlaw smoking altogether?

Well, well, well. Is triple-party politics well and truly dead and buried in Britain? Has that pipe-smoking man of the people called Harold, finally found a successor to the title in a pint-swilling Euro-basher – clutching the eternal pot in one hand and the balance of power in the other? It certainly looks like it. And with the Greens polling as well as the Lib Dems, SNP bruising the Milli-Brown bruvvers (COR) - not to mention those Welsh wannabes, it’s not just the toffs who are in trouble! Roll on Rochester and Strood – let battle commence!

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A Senior Moment: Now that’s what I call service!

In an age when nothing is built to last, good old fashioned customer service is virtually dead and buried and no-one wants to know when things go wrong, it’s encouraging to know there are companies around who still care about their customers and their reputations. I have just come across one and as it’s such a rarity I thought I’d share it with you.

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A Senior Moment: A great nation is divided

As I write, the future of Scotland remains unclear, with the referendum too close to call. By the time you read this it’ll all be done and dusted. Yes or no. In or out. No ifs, buts, or maybes. No shades of grey, just black or white.

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