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Bob Geldof 'backing David Davis'

Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof will be joining Mr Davis during the campaign

Global campaigner Bob Geldof has backed an East Yorkshire MP's stance "against the government erosion of civil liberties", it has emerged.

The prime minister's ally on problems in Africa will join David Davis on the campaign trail.

Mr Davis, the former Conservative MP for Haltemprice and Howden, forced a by-election by standing down over civil liberties and is contesting the seat.

Bob Geldof will attend a rally in Hull with Mr Davis on Friday.

Mr Davis quit his seat and triggered the vote after accusing the government of "trampling" on essential freedoms.

Bob Geldof said: "What is the point of Britain without its freedoms? What terrorises the terrorists is our civilisation.

"I am delighted to support this campaign and I will be speaking on it in Hull on Friday."

Labour has refused to field a candidate in the by-election.

Speaking on Thursday evening, Mr Davis said: "I am delighted that Bob Geldof is supporting our campaign, which stretches across all parties and is vital to the freedom of our country."

A Royal visit to Hull has been postponed because it clashes with the by-election fought by David Davis.

The Queen was due to tour the city on 10 July, the same day that the ex-shadow home secretary contests the nearby seat of Haltemprice and Howden.

The Queen has to remain politically neutral and her visit cannot be construed as favouring an individual.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the visit would distract from the electoral process and would be re-arranged.

Mr Davis, who quit as an MP to fight a by-election on civil liberties, will not face a Labour or Lib Dem challenge.

The palace spokesman added that the postponement meant the Queen could extend her trip to the Great Yorkshire Show on 10 July.

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