A disgruntled UKIP candidate has spoken out after party leaders passed over him to back defected Tory MP Douglas Carswell instead.
Mr Carswell, the MP for Clacton, sparked a by-election after defecting from the Tories to UKIP.
And despite already selecting Roger Lord to fight the seat in next year's General Election, UKIP has announced it will be backing Mr Carswell in the pending by-election.
Speaking to BBC Essex, he said:
It is an enormous discourtesy, for anybody really, just to announce that and say that.
I think the last time I saw him, I said I would be prepared to give him a reference come next May if he found himself unemployed, which I am pretty sure he would be.
Perhaps he is jumping ship to try and get in front of all the other Conservative MPs who are going to find themselves in the unemployment queue come next May.
A UKIP spokeswoman said by-election candidates were selected differently to General Election candidates, and said she hoped he would "understand" the decision.
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