Davis is to stand in the election on the issue of civil liberties - the "ever intrusive power of the state in our lives". The Lib-Dims are not putting a candidate up against Davis. CCHQ stated that Conservative Party resources will not be available for the by-election.
For all that the move has been hailed as "courageous", with a 5,000 majority in his seat at the last election, polling 22,792 votes against his nearest rival's 17,676 (Lib-Dim Jon Neal) – and now with the Lib-Dims not contesting - this is not much of a gamble. Davis is almost certain to be re-elected, his Labour rival last time only polling 5,116 votes.
There, incidentally, are strong rumours of another - less high profile - resignation from the Tory front benches.
Our initial response is that it is marvellously admirable that an MP is finally prepared to stand up on a point of principle. Are we to see MPs resigning over the EU and the ramming through of the
The great regret is that this resignation will drive EU issues even further down the news agenda.