August 29 2014 Latest news:
The defection of Douglas Carswell to UKIP has come as a “bolt from the blue” to his Clacton constituency.
Clacton MP Douglas Carswell has dramatically defected to Ukip today and will be resigning as an MP to fight a by-election in his seat.
MPs cannot directly resign their seat. The only means by which an MP can leave during the lifetime of a Parliament is through death; expulsion by resolution of the House; or disqualification.
The defection of Clacton MP Douglas Carswell to the UK Independence Party is one of the biggest single events in the history of the party, leader Nigel Farage has claimed.
Police in east Suffolk are hailing a multi-agency day of action in Lowestoft and Felixstowe a success after nine people were arrested and nine vehicles seized.