Early coverage of Shan’s by-election campaign

_Green party runs against Davis_
Thursday, 26 Jun 2008 11:38

_The Greens are standing on a civil liberties platform_

The Green party have begun their by-election campaign against David Davis in
Haltemprice and Howden.

Paradoxically, the party are standing against him on a civil liberties
platform, with claims Mr Davis is too authoritarian.

Shan Oakes, the Green candidate, will be joined on the campaign trail by
veteran gay and human rights activist Peter Tatchell.

Green Party principal speaker Derek Wall said: "This by-election was
supposed to be about civil liberties. But it's been called by a man – David
Davis – who thinks it's okay for the government to lock you up for four
weeks without even telling you what you're supposed to have done.

"David Davis also believes that you should have no right to criticise the
government within a mile of parliament."

"So the Green Party had to stand. Someone had to stand up for civil

The emergence of a Green candidate makes an already unique by-election even
more strange. Despite being unable to find someone to stand against him on
an authoritarian or anti-terror platform, Mr Davis seems to have found
someone attacking him from the other direction.


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