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Davis 'ambivalent' on Tory future

David Davis
Mr Davis stressed the importance of work done by backbenchers

The Haltemprice and Howden MP David Davis says he is unlikely to return to a front-bench Conservative position.

He resigned as shadow home secretary in June to emphasise his opposition to the government's plans to detain terrorist suspects for up to 42 days.

Mr Davis was not recalled in this week's reshuffle by David Cameron.

He told the BBC was "ambivalent" about being in any future Tory government, but said if he was offered a job he "would imagine" accepting it.

Mr Davis explained that "the most important job" in his life was being Public Accounts Committee chairman, "actually focusing the power of Parliament on government, holding them to account", and that he "might go back to something like that".

"People see Parliament these days as a corporation you know, where you have the sort of promotion ladder," he said.

"I've never taken that view of Parliament. I've taken the view that sometimes the really important things can be done by backbenchers."

On the banking crisis, Mr Davis attacked the Chancellor Alistair Darling for "refusing to put a cost on his latest policy", and for not making the banks identify the size of their losses.

He also criticised Prime Minister Gordon Brown for not having taken up David Cameron's offer of a bipartisan approach.

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