Congratulations to actor, director and Frinton councillor Giles Watling on his victory in this evening’s public selection meeting to pick the Conservative candidate in Clacton. Reportedly there were 240 votes cast.

Here’s our brief bio of the new candidate:

  • Cllr Giles Watling is an actor and theatre director, whose most prominent role was as Oswald in the 1980s sitcomBread. He and his family live in Frinton, in the constituency, and he has been a Tendring District Councillor since 2007. His hobbies include sailing and fundraising to give opportunities for disabled children to sail.

Commiserations also to Cllr Sue Lissimore, who was defeated.