Labour MPs Bob Marshall-Andrews and Ian Gibson have already risked expulsion from their own party by voicing their support for David Davis at the forthcoming by-election in Haltemprice and Howden.
And now I can reveal that another erstwhile political opponent of Davis is coming out to back the former shadow home secretary in his test of public opinion on 42-day detention.
Angus MacNeil — the Scottish Nationalist MP whose complaint prompted the cash-for-honours enquiry — tells me that he would be delighted to offer Davis a helping hand in the contest, which is expected to take place on July 10.“As a Scottish Nationalist I try to avoid English politics, but I’d go and campaign for David Davis if he wanted me to,” says MacNeil. “I admire his principles and from what I know of him, he is a straightforward and honest man. Gordon Brown’s argument for 42-day detention is all about keeping him in Downing Street for another two years: no wonder he’s bottling the fight with David Davis.”