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Twitter row UKIP man chosen for Clacton

Jeff Bray
Image caption Jeff Bray won by three votes to become UKIP's Clacton candidate

A UKIP councillor has been chosen to contest Clacton in the general election for the party after earlier nearly abandoning his bid over a Twitter row.

Jeff Bray, who won former party donor Arron Banks's support, decided not to compete for selection after the Huffington Post claimed on Tuesday he had posted controversial tweets.

He then later changed his mind and stayed in the selection race.

The district councillor told the BBC his Twitter feed had been doctored.

Mr Bray won by three votes against London-based barrister Paul Oakley.

Clacton's sitting MP Douglas Carswell had been UKIP's only MP until he quit the party and later announced he would not stand for re-election.

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Image caption Douglas Carswell quit the party in March and on 20 April he said he would not stand in the general election

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