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Meet the Sixties crooner who wants to unseat David Davis

PUBLISHED: 12:31 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:09 07 September 2010

Ronnie carroll is to stand against David Davies in By Election

Ronnie carroll is to stand against David Davies in By Election

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By Katie Davies DAVID Davis will be challenged in his by-election stand against the government s terror bill by Hamp-stead crooner Ronnie Carroll. The two-times Eurovision contender and sixties icon has decided to give the Tory politician a run for his mo

By Katie Davies

DAVID Davis will be challenged in his by-election stand against the government's terror bill by Hamp-stead crooner Ronnie Carroll.

The two-times Eurovision contender and sixties icon has decided to give the Tory politician a run for his money in his Howden and Haltemprice seat.

Mr Davis stood down as MP to call a by-election in protest against the government's 42-day detention laws for suspected terrorists.

Despite disagreeing with Mr Davis over the issue Mr Carroll, whose real name is Ronnie Cleghorn, has not quite decided which one of them should end up with 'nul points.'

"I am up for the challenge - why not?" said the 73-year-old. "It's a bit of fun and it's good to stand for Parliament when you're in your dotage because you fit the bill.

"I can't make up my mind about David Davis. I think he's doing it for the right reasons and I can't believe he'd just do it for his ego, but maybe it's to make a play for the leadership. I think if 42 days is confined to terrorists, why not change it? They're doing their best to keep us out of trouble and I'm all for that.

"I'll probably get 114 votes or something like that - it'll be business as usual. I may campaign to get no votes. I did that in the Uxbridge by-election to try to get into the Guinness Book of Records but 40 people still voted for me."

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