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Last month I noted that Lord Hanningfield, the former Tory leader of Essex Council, has edged a step further towards being an active member of the House of Lords by tabling a written question, his first since he appeared in court charged with fiddling his expenses in February 2010. This follows the tentative first step he took last month, by saying something during a committee meeting. He still has not contributed anything to any debate in the main House of Lords chamber.

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Jason Plato, two-time British Touring Car Champion, described Mr Devereux’s death as 'terrible news'

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Gritting teams braced for action as cold weather snap looms

Road gritting and snow clearance teams are standing by to deal with the first onslaught of wintry weather as forecasters warn that temperatures are likely to plunge over the weekend.

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Road gritting and snow clearance teams are standing by to deal with the first onslaught of wintry weather.

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John Reynolds has set his heart on securing a third British Superbike Championship title in winning style at Donington Park tomorrow.

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Kenny Roberts forecast yesterday that today's opening qualifying sessions for the British Grand Prix at Donington Park on Sunday will be "a disaster'' for his British-built Proton KR machines.

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