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The press gives Davis a hard time

Papers

David Davis' decision to quit as an MP over 42-day detention is the focus of many of Friday's papers.

The Sun calls him "a quitter", and says the only explanation for his actions is that he has "gone stark raving mad".

The paper says the move was a "shabby act of treachery" to stab David Cameron in the back, not a noble protest.

The Independent lends him its support, describing Davis as a "freedom fighter" who has become an "unlikely hero of liberal Britain".

The paper's editorial admires his decision: "He should be praised by all who support democracy for his show of conviction, a commodity in too short a supply in Westminster."

It goes on to warn Davis could be let down by his own party: "Ultimately, we fear, the biggest loser will be Mr Davis himself."

'Bruiser to loser'

Describing Davis as moving "from bruiser to loser", the Times says he has put his party at risk for the sake of a "disastrous ego trip".

Times sketch writer Anne Treneman describes his resignation speech as "pure Hollywood".

Under the headline "Tories in turmoil as Davis resigns", the Daily Mail says it applauds the views he has voiced.

But it says it worries "as a friend" that his courage has been greater than his judgement.

Under the banner "Cracks in Cam's lot", the Daily Mirror says the move by Davis is a headache for Cameron "a thorn in his side that threatens to divide the Tories".

It questions Cameron's leadership skills and asks: "How would he cope with the pressure of running the country?"

The Daily Express says the resignation of a "serial leadership contender" undermines David Cameron.

The paper goes on to say that ambitious Davis could be connecting to voters in a way Boris Johnson managed in London and Davis will "exploit every ounce of political capital that gives him".

'Brave mistake'

The Guardian reports that "flames of principle" could be detected in Davis' decision to resign.

It says he has shown a "commendable lead" in giving liberty new emphasis.

The Daily Telegraph says he has made a "brave mistake" but his decision deserves admiration, and was cheered by people across the country.

But it says it is a mistake as it has caused embarrassment to his own party, not Labour and has raised questions over how the Conservative Party is managed.




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