Heywood and Middleton by-election date set

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10th September 2014

A by-election in the Labour-held seat of Heywood and Middleton will take place on October 9 - the same day as the Clacton by-election.

Labour today moved the writ for the by-election, which follows the death of Jim Dobbin on a Council of Europe trip to Poland.

Ed Miliband's party will be defending a majority of 6,000 in Heywood and Middleton.

Meanwhile, the Conservatives today disclosed the candidates who will fight it out at an 'open primary' to take on defecting MP Douglas Carswell in Clacton.

They include actor Giles Waiting, who is famed for playing Oswald the vicar in Carla Lane's 1980s sitcom Bread.