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What with being the first contestant to be voted out of the Big Brother house, not to mention facing ongoing calls to be burned at the stake by the Daily Mail, it's proved a fraught few days for Speaker's wife Sally Bercow. So, amid these troubled times, what could be more welcome than the sight of her very own knight in shining armour triumphantly emerging over the horizon with the express intention of putting Sally's numerous enemies to the sword? "Pray, who could this valiant warrior be?" I hear you ask. "Why, I think it's our favourite Estonian and glamour model-botherer Lembit 'Lancelot' Opik!" Oh! comes the admittedly deflated reply. Still, it's a bank holiday and Hugh Grant didn't have the decency to return my (numerous) calls. "There's a difference between having depth and being a celebrity," declares Lembit, himself a reality television reject of note. "Sally has something to say. I supported her decision to go on the programme. My advice to Sally would now be to pursue any libel actions." Her weary other Senor Bercow would be wise to keep the impressionable Sally away from this man's mysterious charms.

Editor-At-Large: David Davis is the new voice of the people

The maverick Tory is more in tune with popular feeling than 'insiders' think

So will the revolution start in Haltemprice and Howden?

Ancient rights are under threat – so says David Davis, who has taken a stand from his Yorkshire constituency. Paul Vallely tours the front line

Letters: Environmental disaster

Action is needed now to stave off an environmental disaster

Tories urge Davis to change his mind as contest threatens to descend into farce

Tory grandees have piled pressure on David Davis to change his mind before formally resigning, because of the damage it will do to David Cameron and the Conservative Party.

Helena Kennedy: Why I support this passionate politician

Hewants a debate to reinvigorate our belief in freedom. I just wish my own party was initiating it

Formerly safe Conservative seat pitched into political spotlight

For a short while David Nolan believed he was about to be thrown into battle after David Davis's resignation as an MP.

Labour refuse to contest by-election

Labour will announce on Monday that the party will not contest David Davis's seat – in an attempt to embarrass the Conservative leadership and highlight their "soft" stance on terrorism.

SAS man who climbed the greasy pole – and jumped off

Few politicians divide opinion as strongly as David Davis.

Steve Richards: The first piece of good fortune for Gordon Brown

The extraordinary resignation of David Davis is a more dangerous moment for David Cameron than it seems. On the surface, there is unity. Mr Cameron has said he will campaign for his former shadow cabinet colleague in the bizarre by-election. The two of them have opposed, with forensic vigour, the Government's plans to extend the period for which suspects can be detained.

Michael Brown: David Davis is one of my best friends, but his sole character flaw has got the better of him

In 1986 I foolishly made a speech in the House of Commons when I pledged to my constituents that "so long as I am the Member of Parliament for Brigg and Cleethorpes, no nuclear waste will be disposed of anywhere in my constituency". The Thatcher government had named my area as a potential disposal site, with the consequent collapse in house prices for thousands of my electors. My opponents immediately twigged that if I was unable to change my own party's policy I would have to resign and fight a by-election as an independent Conservative. Thankfully, the government blinked first, abandoned the proposal and I did not have to deliver on my principled, rash, courageous – but wholly self-indulgent – commitment.

Davis' successor is no pushover

With his public school and Oxbridge education and the well-spoken charm of a queen's counsel, Dominic Grieve appears the opposite of the working-class boy made good he succeeds as shadow Home Secretary.

'This cannot go on': David Davis's statement in full

"The name of my constituency is Haltemprice and Howden - Haltemprice is derived from a medieval proverb meaning noble endeavour.

Davis forces by-election over 'erosion of freedoms'

The shadow home secretary David Davis shocked Westminster today by announcing that he was resigning as an MP to "take a stand" against the Government's 42-day terror detention plan.

Leading Article: A victory that only exposes Mr Brown's weakness

In winning, however narrowly, yesterday's vote on extending the permitted period of detention without charge, Gordon Brown will believe he has secured for himself a slightly longer lease on his premiership. But the slender margin of the Government's victory and the price Mr Brown was compelled to pay have hardly enhanced his stature. On the contrary, they only exposed his weakness and lack of authority.

The Sketch: Loyalists belittled by opportunism and argument

After the debate on university top-up fees some years ago, I wondered why one of Labour's well-known lefties had voted for the left's most hated measure of the day.

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