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Conservative Chairman Grant Shapps: UKIP result a 'wake-up call'

The Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps has said Clacton's by-election result was a "wake-up call' for Tory supporters.

He was speaking after UKIP made electoral history by gaining its first-ever elected MP.

Douglas Carswell, who left the Conservatives, won in Clacton in Essex, by a margin of 12,404 votes.

The Conservatives finished in second place ahead of Labour and the Greens - the Liberal Democrats lost their deposit.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast's Naga Munchetty, Mr Shapps insisted that Conservatives must take note, claiming a vote for UKIP at the general election would usher in Labour.

  • 10 Oct 2014
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