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Blow to Cam as MPs make 'no fight' vow to UKIP man.

Byline: EXCLUSIVE by VINCENT MOSS

REBEL Tories have told defector Douglas Carswell they will not block his bid to be UKIP's first MP.

Their bombshell decision will be a blow to David Cameron who is desperately hoping to stop him winning next month's by-election in Clacton, Essex.

More than a dozen Tory MPs have assured the renegade they will not campaign against him in the poll triggered by his defection.

Some MPs are refusing to join the effort to stop him holding the seat out of friendship.

Other Tories fear campaigning against UKIP will spark a backlash from the party's supporters in their own constituencies in May's general election.

One Tory MP said: "Several of us have told Douglas we will not be going to Clacton to campaign against him. His decision to defect was a blow but he is still popular with many of us and we understand why he did it."

Polls predict a resounding victory for Mr Carswell and UKIP on October 9. The Tory party is holding an "open primary" on Thursday giving anyone in Clacton a say on the choice of its candidate.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Sep 7, 2014
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