Well, well! Quite a turn of events with him resigning to fight a by-election on the 42 days issues. It was clear in Parliament how strongly he feels on the issue.
Good to see Nick Clegg and the party saying that we won’t stand a candidate, so that the by-election is a clear verdict on Labour’s authoritarianism. There are some issues – and some principles – which are far more important than passing electoral advantage. Much though I think many Lib Dems would have liked the idea of fighting a by-election against David Davis, this way we get a clear contest on a key issue of principle.
As for the talk about Davis’s resignation being in part precipitated by splits in the Conservatives, well – easy to speculate, but will be interesting to see how this plays out, and regardless if the outcome is that he forces the Conservatives to stick with their opposition to 42 days (rather than, say, backing down in the Lords) then all the better.