David Davis, the Conservative Shadow Home Secretary and Member of Parliament for Haltemprice & Howden in Yorkshire, has announced that he will resign as an MP, and fight a by-election over the principles of civil liberty and the database surveillance state which the Labour Government have inflicted on us, bit by bit, over the last 10 years.
In his statement to the media, he mentioned the 42 days internment without charge vote, CCTV cameras, the most intrusive ID card system in the world, a bigger DNA database than any dictatorship, snooping by petty officials, the incompetence of the bureaucracy in supposedly protecting our sensitive data etc. - all issues which have frightened and disgusted us here at Spy Blog.
If this by-election can grab and hold mainstream media attention, and stimulate public scrutiny of the repressive surveillance snooping state, then that will be A Good Thing.
The Conservative leader David Cameron, and Dominic Grieve, who takes over as Shadow Home Secretary say that they will campaign for him, but at this stage, it does not look as if there will be full Conservative party money and political campaign resources devoted to the campaign, but perhaps that is not necessary.
There seems little chance of him not being re-elected, especially as he got over 22,000 votes and beat the Liberal Democrats by over 5,000 votes at the 2005 General Election say they will not be standing against him,. Labour only got about 6,000 votes in total last time.
It will be interesting to see if Gordon Brown's Labour party even dares to field a hapless candidate against him - if they do not, they will be rightly accused of political cowardice.
Their Crewe and Nantwich by-election class warfare tactics are hardly going to be successful, as David Davis has more genuine working class roots than most of the Labour cabinet does.
Tony "not fit for purpose, but somehow still a Home Office Minister" McNulty, said
"What is this about ? I don't understand."
which shows just how out of touch with reality and the public, Labour politicians are.
Although Spy Blog is not party politically aligned, we support the principled stand on these issues being taken by David Davis.