Carswell Quits UKIP Breaking News

He is said to vote against UKIP policy in Westminster; he has attempted to undermine Nigel Farage and he still criticises the party's 2015 General Election strategy - you wouldn't think he is UKIP's solitary Member of Parliament.

Douglas Carswell has left the UK Independence Party and is to become an Independent MP for the Clacton constituency.

In a post on his blog, Mr Carswell said that he is leaving the party: “…amicably, cheerfully and in the knowledge that we won.” He added that he will not be calling a by-election.

Carswell joined UKIP in August 2014 in the wake of its historic Euro Elections win, and subsequently won the resulting by-election and then winning in the 2015 General Election, but things quickly turned sour after several disagreements with then-leader Nigel Farage, and allegedly even requested that Farage play no part in the EU Referendum. In recent weeks, Carswell was accused of blocking an attempt to honour Farage with a Knighthood.

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Jack is from Hampshire, England, who has recently entered into the foray of political reporting, with a background primarily in sports journalism, in which he has interviewed Formula 1 drivers and British soccer stars. Jack is a supporter of the UK Independence Party and campaigned for ‘Brexit’, his particular interests being British politics and political campaign analysis. A keen poet, Jack has performed frequently in his home town in-front of small audiences of left-wing creative writers, who he is disappointed not to have offended yet.

About the Author

Jack Smith
Jack is from Hampshire, England, who has recently entered into the foray of political reporting, with a background primarily in sports journalism, in which he has interviewed Formula 1 drivers and British soccer stars. Jack is a supporter of the UK Independence Party and campaigned for ‘Brexit’, his particular interests being British politics and political campaign analysis. A keen poet, Jack has performed frequently in his home town in-front of small audiences of left-wing creative writers, who he is disappointed not to have offended yet.