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Boris Johnson Awkwardly Forgot Who Is Fighting Ukip's Douglas Carswell In Clacton

07/10/2014 11:10 BST | Updated 07/10/2014 12:59 BST

Boris Johnson may have ruled himself out as the Conservatives' candidate to take on Tory turncoat Douglas Carswell, but he has little idea who is taking him on instead.

Quizzed about the this week's Clacton by-election on LBC radio, the London Mayor struggled to remember the Tories' "fantastic" candidate, former actor Giles Watling.

Johnson guessed that his name was "Stirling" or "Girling", before pleading with presenter Nick Ferrari: "What’s he called? You tell me.”

After being reminded about his first name, Johnson still had no luck remembering the Tory candidate's surname. "Come on stop sitting there like a great big fat Buddha and tell me the name of this guy," he snapped at Ferrari.

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Finally, after being told who Giles Watling was, Johnson concluded: "I knew it. Something to do with ling. Tingaling.”

Johnson may be forgiven for forgetting who the Tories have standing against Carswell, as recent polls suggest the Ukip candidate will enjoy a commanding victory on Thursday, David Cameron's birthday.

Carswell's decision to join Nigel Farage's party and trigger a by-election shocked Westminster and a Survation poll of voters in the Clacton seat predicting a massive 44 point lead for Ukip will add to the prime minister's discomfort.