Clacton poll on Cameron birthday

Douglas Carswell has defected to Ukip

Douglas Carswell has defected to Ukip

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The parliamentary by-election in the Essex seat of Clacton is to be held on October 9.

The crunch electoral test, triggered by the defection of former Conservative MP Douglas Carswell to Ukip, will come a week after the Tories' annual conference and on Prime Minister David Cameron's birthday.

Mr Carswell shook Westminster last week by announcing that he was joining the eurosceptic UK Independence Party and standing down from Parliament to force a by-election.

An opinion poll in the seat suggested that he enjoys a significant lead and is on track to become the first person to be elected to Parliament for Ukip, whose only previous MP, Bob Spink, did not seek a fresh mandate when he defected from the Tories in 2008.

Mr Carswell had been Conservative MP for Clacton since 2010, having previously served as MP for Harwich from 2005-10 before boundary changes.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said a by-election win for his party in Clacton would signal a "landslide in British politics".

A Survation poll for The Mail On Sunday gave Ukip a massive 44-point lead over David Cameron's party.

Tories have yet to announce their candidate for the by-election.

London Mayor Boris Johnson today brushed off suggestions he should put his name forward, telling LBC radio:" The first objection really, is that I've already whacked in the CV for Uxbridge. It would seem a bit eccentric."

Asked whether Mr Cameron had asked him to stand in Clacton, Mr Johnson told BBC Radio 4's World At One there had been "no serious approach", adding: "I don't think people think it would be the right thing for me to do, given that I've gone in for Uxbridge."

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12:05pm Tue 2 Sep 14

cosmick says...

1st UKIP M/P now on the cards lets hope its the start of many.
Come on you floating voters nail yourself to the fastest growing party in the country.
1st UKIP M/P now on the cards lets hope its the start of many. Come on you floating voters nail yourself to the fastest growing party in the country. cosmick
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2:13pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Counterview says...

Nails and coffins spring to mind
Nails and coffins spring to mind Counterview
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4:36pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Counterview says...

Now Boris has said pitching in "would seem a bit eccentric". That shouldn't worry him. One thing's for sure - UKIP would be in a blind panic if he did.
Now Boris has said pitching in "would seem a bit eccentric". That shouldn't worry him. One thing's for sure - UKIP would be in a blind panic if he did. Counterview
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5:59pm Tue 2 Sep 14

cosmick says...

Counterview wrote:
Now Boris has said pitching in "would seem a bit eccentric". That shouldn't worry him. One thing's for sure - UKIP would be in a blind panic if he did.
Ha Ha Ha,
Boris got no *alls.
[quote][p][bold]Counterview[/bold] wrote: Now Boris has said pitching in "would seem a bit eccentric". That shouldn't worry him. One thing's for sure - UKIP would be in a blind panic if he did.[/p][/quote]Ha Ha Ha, Boris got no *alls. cosmick
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8:30pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Pobinr says...

Vote Labour get right wing - pro mass immigration of cheap labour soley of benefit to min wage employers & slumlords

Vote Conservative get Communist - Barking Mad Brigadier G Van Orden the Tory who likes sharing out our money to East Europeans > https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=tNr3fXXK
92s

Vote UKIP get UKIP get common sense > http://tinyurl.com/m
5ppsg9
Vote Labour get right wing - pro mass immigration of cheap labour soley of benefit to min wage employers & slumlords Vote Conservative get Communist - Barking Mad Brigadier G Van Orden the Tory who likes sharing out our money to East Europeans > https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=tNr3fXXK 92s Vote UKIP get UKIP get common sense > http://tinyurl.com/m 5ppsg9 Pobinr
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8:33pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Pobinr says...

To all you pro EU people. Please watch this then see if you are as pro EU afterwards. Thank you > https://www.youtube.
com/watch?v=bJHETdxw
v8Y
To all you pro EU people. Please watch this then see if you are as pro EU afterwards. Thank you > https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=bJHETdxw v8Y Pobinr
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10:35pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Counterview says...

cosmick wrote:
Counterview wrote:
Now Boris has said pitching in "would seem a bit eccentric". That shouldn't worry him. One thing's for sure - UKIP would be in a blind panic if he did.
Ha Ha Ha,
Boris got no *alls.
You hope.
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Counterview[/bold] wrote: Now Boris has said pitching in "would seem a bit eccentric". That shouldn't worry him. One thing's for sure - UKIP would be in a blind panic if he did.[/p][/quote]Ha Ha Ha, Boris got no *alls.[/p][/quote]You hope. Counterview
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4:42am Wed 3 Sep 14

Rita Jelfs says...

Boris might be a bit eccentric, but he's certainly diplomatic.
Boris might be a bit eccentric, but he's certainly diplomatic. Rita Jelfs
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