UKIP could set a precedent

PUBLISHED: 02:01 30 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:11 10 June 2010

On June 12, the Rt Hon David Davis MP, Conservative Shadow Home Secretary, resigned his Haltemprice and Howden seat in the commons on a point of principle, following on from the Government bulldozing through the Bill to detain terrorist suspects up to 4

On June 12, the Rt Hon David Davis MP, Conservative Shadow Home Secretary, resigned his Haltemprice and Howden seat in the commons on a point of principle, following on from the Government bulldozing through the Bill to detain terrorist suspects up to 42 days without charge. He asserted that the Government was riding roughshod in its quest for the all controlling Big Brother State.Many, no doubt, including his former Shadow Cabinet colleagues, thought that he was on an ego trip, the like of which had never been embarked on before, but a National Opinion Poll published a few days later showed huge support for David Davis and his constituency office has been deluged with letters of support and cash for his by-election fighting fund. He has also been promised support from Labour MPs who opposed the 42-days initiative. However, it would appear that there will not be much of a contest in three weeks' time, as neither the Labour Party nor the Lib Dem Party will be putting up candidates. So far, only a lady from The Monster Raving Loony Party has thrown her hat in the ring.Following on the rejection of the Lisbon Treaty by the sensible people of Ireland, by a large majority, our Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary both declared that the United Kingdom would ratify the Lisbon Treaty after the debate in the House of Lords. Does this not now present an irresistible opportunity for Dr Bob Spink - UKIP MP for Castle Point - to resign his Westminster seat, as a matter of principle, and to stand as the only candidate offering to take the UK out of the European Union? He would not lack for opponents as the three main parties would hasten to name their candidates. The UKIP leadership should encourage Dr Spink to follow the brave action of David Davis for, if their candidate actually won a seat at Westminster, a precedent would have been accomplished.David Owen,2 Portland CourtExmouth

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