Hello, readers. I would first of all like to inform you that my new twitter account is @watermelonalan in case you do not already follow me.
Secondly, I am very pleased to say that Essex Green Party activist Chris Southall, who stood for Clacton in 2010, will be standing for the Green Party in the Clacton by-election of 2014. Despite the attention UKIP and the Conservatives are getting in terms of media coverage of this by-election, I believe that we should be at least able to beat the Liberal Democrats (and better yet save our deposit this time, given how well we are polling nationally), who had one of their worst performances in England in 2010 in this seat.
With only five days to go before nominations close for the Clacton by-election, it will be interesting to see who else throws their hat into the ring. After all, it already appears on this by-election's Wikipedia page that there will be at least seven candidates standing.
On a small note, the Heywood and Middleton by-election will also take place on 9th October, but despite the rather close date we still do not know who we will be standing in that by-election. One thing I can be pretty sure about on the Clacton and the Heywood & Middleton by-elections, though, is that the results will not indicate a very happy 48th birthday for a certain David William Donald Cameron.