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Queen in by-election clash fear

David Davis
David Davis faces a by-election in his East Yorkshire constituency on 10 July

A planned visit by the Queen to Hull may have to be postponed because it clashes with the by-election being fought by David Davis.

The ex-shadow home secretary will contest the nearby seat of Haltemprice and Howden on July 10.

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

But the Queen, who has to remain politically neutral, cannot be seen to favour any party or individual.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "We are seeking advice from the Cabinet Office whether it's appropriate for the Queen to visit or not."

A spokeswoman for Susan Cunliffe-Lister, the Lord-Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire, whose office is helping to organise the visit said the decision may take a few days. A spokesman for Mr Davis said he hoped the Queen's visit would not be delayed by the contest.

"With it being a by-election we would hope she could visit and we think it wouldn't impact at all," he said.

Nominations for the by-election open on Monday and close on Thursday.

Here is a list of people who have indicated they are planning to stand:

  • David Davis - Conservative
  • Eamonn Fitzpatrick - Independent
  • Gemma Garrett - Independent
  • George Georgiou - Generalist Party
  • Neil Glass - Independent
  • Hamish Howitt - Independent
  • The Mad Cow Girl - Official Monster Raving Loony Party


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