By Matthew Barrett
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David Davies is an unusual MP. The Member for Monmouth and Chairman of the Welsh Affairs Select Committee is an amateur boxer (nickname: "The Tory Tornado)", former tobacco-picker, lorry driver and runner of a hostel in Australia. Not the stereotypical Tory MP's background. Davies is also, rare for an MP, currently serving as a Special Constable. Indeed, on his third patrol he arrested a man carrying a loaded gun.
Davies has written for the BBC today, describing his experiences helping out during the Olympics:
"All the special constables in London received a text asking them to come in and do the Olympics. I would have volunteered to do it even if I hadn't been asked. I do think it's important that MPs have a handle on things. To be honest, there was a lot of standing around but… helping people is very important. It was like the whole of London came out for the Olympics and they were happy just to experience this. There were a few pickpockets around and you can spend a lot of time dealing with that. Somebody threatened to kill someone but he was drunk. … I cannot praise the organisers and volunteers enough. I like that I was playing a small part in the Olympics."
David Davies is perhaps less well-known than he might be amongst Tory activists, which is a shame, because Davies is a Tory MP we can all be proud of.
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