September 23 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Voters in Clacton will go to the polls on October 9 following the shock defection of Douglas Carswell to the UK Independence Party.
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.