Clacton: Cameron’s birthday - October 9 - chosen as date for by-election after Douglas Carswell defects to UKIP

UKIP leader Nigel Farage (left) accompanies former Tory MP  for Clacton, Douglas Carswell on a walkabout in the Essex seaside town following his defection from the Conservative Party. UKIP leader Nigel Farage (left) accompanies former Tory MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell on a walkabout in the Essex seaside town following his defection from the Conservative Party.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
11:29 AM

Voters in Clacton will go to the polls on October 9 following the shock defection of Douglas Carswell to the UK Independence Party.

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The Conservatives confirmed this morning that the poll will take place on Prime Minister David Cameron’s birthday.

Mr Carswell resigned his seat to force a by-election after deciding to joing the anti-European Union Party in the Essex seaside seat, claiming he wanted to give his constituents the chance to approve his move.

A Survation poll conducted over the weekend gave UKIP a 44% lead over the Conservatives, with the Tories slumping 33 points to 20% compared to their 2010 general election result.

But Tory chiefs in Clacton say they have many potential candidates ready to take on UKIP defector Douglas Carswell in a by-election.

Last night leading north Essex councillor Tim Young as announced as the Labour candidate who will fight the Clacton by-election.

A poll on our website currently shows that 51% of readers would continue to back Carswell and vote UKIP while just 17% would vote Tory.

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  • Does he really want 'Bad News' of a comprehensive defeat on his birthday ?, it will give him a taste of what is to come next May !

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    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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