Tory Big Gun brought in to bolster support for Holloway
PUBLISHED: 16:16 05 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:40 23 August 2010
FORMER Shadow Home Secretary and Conservative heavyweight David Davis has appeared to support long-standing friend Adam Holloway on the campaign trail. Mr Davis was in the town centre talking to voters in a final bid to help the Tories retain a pivotal
FORMER Shadow Home Secretary and Conservative heavyweight David Davis has appeared to support "long-standing friend" Adam Holloway on the campaign trail.
Mr Davis was in the town centre talking to voters in a final bid to help the Tories retain a pivotal seat.
Denying there was concern within the party that Mr Holloway's seat might be under threat, he said: "Adam is a long-standing friend and a great MP who I have known for a long time so I wanted to come and support him.
"This is a Labour change seat and frankly Labour are going backwards."
Speaking a day after Prime Minister Gordon Brown was caught calling a voter a bigot, Mr Davis admitted he found the incident "gut wrenching to watch."
He added: "I was there when John Major famously referred to his front bench as bastards, but I think people saw that as a reflection of the stress he was under and actually earned him sympathy.
"The main thing here is you do get approached by people on the street, but if someone was expressing views that I thought were bigoted I would take them up on it, not smile and then talk about them behind their back."
Mr Davis, who is known for his outspoken views on subjects such as civil liberties, capital punishment and torture, has visited Afghanistan with Mr Holloway, who holds strong views on the war as a former servicemen.
He added: "Adam is a great MP who I know has worked extremely hard for the area in the past five years and is not afraid to go against the party whip and says what he thinks, something of which I greatly approve."
Adam Holloway declined to supply the Reporter with his manifesto - Editor