LABOUR’S PROSPECTIVE parliamentary candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock, Mike Le-Surf has reacted to the de-selection of his UKIP competitor, Kerry Smith.
Mr Le-Surf said: "Having been shown the door by Labour at the Thurrock by-election this week, UKIP are clearly in panic mode.
"They dumped their original candidate in Clacton in a similar way so obviously feel that they’ll do better with someone else.
"The national spotlight on UKIP is showing the cracks in their party and their candidates.
"I will continue to fight a positive election and focus on defeating the Tory MP who has supported this failed coalition government every step of the way."