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Seaside resort set to make waves in British by-election

AFP, CLACTON-ON-SEA, England

East of Clacton, the constituency includes Frinton-on-Sea, a genteel, well-to-do area of retirees, while to the west is Jaywick, a cramped estate of tiny 1930s holiday homes which came bottom in the nationwide 2010 Indices of Multiple Deprivation.

Matching the UKIP voters in Jaywick with personal support for Carswell in traditionally Conservative support in Frinton is the key to his chances of winning the ballot.

The Conservative Party candidate, local councilor Giles Watling, is better-known nationally for his part in the 1980s Liverpool-set TV sitcom Bread.

Despite efforts, he could not be reached by reporters.

Cameron and several Cabinet ministers have visited Clacton in a bid to rally support, their names self-penned on the walls of the Conservative office, where a bust of former British prime minister Winston Churchill greets visitors.

One campaigner wearing a Conservative rosette, who did not give his name, said Carswell had “let us down terribly.”

“What kind of pointer is it when treachery seems to be rewarded with glorious honors?” he asked.

Former Conservative Party MP Matthew Parris, now a columnist for The Times newspaper, suggested the party should abandon UKIP-minded elderly voters in places like Clacton to chase after younger, cosmopolitan votes instead.

“[Clacton] represents a Britain that’s going nowhere.. [it is] a friendly resort trying not to die, inhabited by friendly people trying not to die,” Parris said.

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