Carswell Quits UKIP Breaking News

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.