Clacton: Voters set to turn out to choose the Conservative candidate for next month’s by-election

Giles Watling

Giles Watling - Credit: Archant

Voters in Clacton are having their say this evening on who should represent the Conservatives in the Clacton by-election next month.

Sue Lissimore

Sue Lissimore - Credit: Archant

Anyone registered in the constituency – not just Tory party members – can vote as two councillors battle it out to be selected.

The use of an open primary was confirmed by the party last week.

It has been seen as a move in response to the shock defection of sitting MP Douglas Carswell to UKIP a fortnight ago, and his selection as the candidate for his new party despite Roger Lord already being chosen.

Giles Watling, Tendring district councillor for Frinton, and Sue Lissimore, Colchester borough councillor for Prettygate, are the two possible options for voters.

The event takes place at Clacton Town Hall from 6.30pm tonight, when the candidates will introduce themselves and answer questions before people vote.

It is hoped the successful candidate, who will go on to contest the Parliamentary by-election on October 9 for the Conservative Party, will be announced at around 8.30pm this evening.

A number of senior Conservative Party members have been out canvassing today, including former education secretary Michael Gove who led a group of 30 MPs around Clacton and Frinton.

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• Keep checking the EADT website for updates on the primary result.