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.