Douglas Carswell tops polls as Ukip poised to win first MP in Clacton vote

 
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Douglas Carswell could be Ukip’s first MP (Source: Getty)
Former Tory MP Douglas Carswell looks set to become Ukip’s first MP in the House of Commons today, as voters in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, go to the polls.

Carswell, who left the Conservatives in late August triggering a by-election, is expected to win the seat for Nigel Farage, delivering a heavy blow to David Cameron in the process.

Polls have consistently put Carswell ahead, with one last week giving the Tory defector a 40-point lead over his former party. The seat has become a political battleground, with imm­igration and the UK’s member­ship of the European Union dominating the debate.

The Clacton by-election comes on the same day as one in Heywood and Middleton, sparked by the death of Labour MP Jim Dobbin. Ukip is expect­ed to do well, but not win the seat outright.

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