1,291 Tory members have been voting this afternoon in a survey of grassroots reactions to David Davis' decision to resign his seat and fight a by-election in defence of Britain's historic liberties. Most members are inspired by his move and 70% would like to see him reinstated as Shadow Home Secretary should he win his by-election - as he almost certainly will. The survey also shows that just 12% of Tory members support a 42 day detention period. 50% actually want 14 days or less.
THE FIRST SET OF QUESTIONS FOCUSED ON REACTIONS TO TODAY'S NEWS. RESPONDENTS WERE ASKED TO AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS:
There are better ways of making a protest than this:
This is an inspired move that will draw great attention to a vital issue:
David Cameron should invite David Davis back as Shadow Home Secretary should he win the by-election.
The Conservatives should repeal 42 days pre-charge detention when/ if we come into Government.
67% of the public support 42 days and Conservatives need to be careful not to get on the wrong side of that popular opinion.
David Davis probably resigned because he did not think David Cameron was tough enough in resisting 42 days and promising to repeal it.
WE THEN ASKED ABOUT THE ISSUE AT THE HEART OF THIS ROW:
Which period of pre-charge detention would you like to see in Britain?
14 days or less: 50%
28 days: 38%
42 days: 10%
More than 42 days: 2%.