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  • 29 August 2014, 18:09

Sidelined UKIP Candidate Won't 'Roll Over'

A UKIP candidate has said he will not "roll over" and accept losing the nomination in Clacton after Douglas Carswell's defection.

Roger Lord told Sky News Mr Carswellshould "join the queue" and accused UKIP leader Nigel Farage of making a mistake in allowing him to stand in the seat.

He said: "If they think I'm going to roll over like a puppy, they've got the wrong guy.

"For somebody to come along, just as we're on the cusp of winning, knowing they might well lose their seat and join the unemployment line in May, to take all our hard work... and take all our glory.

"Come on, join the queue Douglas, get back there and put some effort in!

"He knew he was going to lose come next May if I stood against him. I can debate him in public and beat him down. Simple as that.

"He knew his boat was sinking. The water's up to his knees, he's jumped ship and he's looking after himself."

Mr Lord was the UKIP candidate for Clacton and was set to contest the seat against Mr Carswell, before his defection from the Conservative Party on Thursday.

He was selected to the role three weeks ago after joining UKIP in 1997, but said he could now listen to other offers.

He added: "Douglas Carswell has been a bit stupid on this. He's created a vacancy for a parliamentary candidate. If offers come in from elsewhere and a deal can be done..."

On Friday, UKIP donor Stuart Wheeler told Sky News two Tory MPs were "seriously considering" defecting to the party.

Mr Lord said on Thursday he had spoken to Mr Farage. He said: "It was a very civilised conversation... other people have rung me up like hysterical teenagers."

The Clacton seat has a Conservative majority of more than 12,000.

On Wednesday, Mr Farage was confirmed as the UKIPcandidate to contest the seat of SouthThanetin Kent.