Clacton: Douglas Carswell’s defection to UKIP ‘a bolt from the blue’

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Thursday, August 28, 2014
12:35 PM

The defection of Douglas Carswell to UKIP has come as a “bolt from the blue” to his Clacton constituency.

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Though he had long been viewed as having close ties to Nigel Farage’s party because of his strong anti-Europe views, Conservatives in Essex said they had been given no warning of the move.

Mick Page, the Conservative leader of Tendring District Council which covers Clacton, said: “That’s come as a shock - a bolt from the blue.

“We always thought he was a Conservative very much against Europe but we thought he would work within the party to achieve his aims.

“As far as I’m aware the Conservative association had no warning of this.”

Mr Page added it was difficult to predict what impact the move may have on the resulting by-election.

He added: “He had been getting ready to campaign in the general election and even very recently has sent out a great deal of material with Conservative branding on it.

“This is very much a Tory area but who knows how the electorate will react.”

Phones at the Clacton Conservative Association office were engaged throughout the morning.

The council’s Labour leader, Ivan Henderson, said the defection was a sign of panic which may allow opposition parties to capitalise and make gains.

He claimed: “He’s seen the vote increasing for UKIP, seen the possibility he could lose his seat and panicked.

“Douglas has always been a maverick in terms of his party but this is an opportunistic move because he’s seen it slipping away from him.

“He has stood three times saying he would campaign to pull the UK out of Europe and it hasn’t happen.

“”There may be a backlash and the public may punish the Conservatives for betraying them over Europe.”

6 comments

  • Well done mr carswell you have split your ex party in two and given the seat at the by election to labour. Hope you end up in the back woods of politics .

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    pandy

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • I can see the swivel-eyed fruitcakes of UKIP being popular in a chavvy hole like Clacton. If they ever actually only made claims about so-called "horrible European interference" that were true, they wouldn't have much to talk about. An appallingly dishonest party even by the standards of British politics.

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    beerlover

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Well done Douglas, the shame should show on the faces of many more MPs for not following his example. Many MPs have called for the referendum for the people to decide whether to be in or out of Europe, but has done nothing more. The decision should be the peoples human rights as it is "Our" country, and the people should decide under those human rights Laws.

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    Keith Drury

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • Douglas, you naughty boy !, Cameron has just said "this behaviour" !, my god he is still an little eton schoolboy !, this is the ignorant, arrogant elitist leading OUR country !, let's change it !

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    freedomf

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • A very ill informed and ignorant man. He blamed Abelio for the rail disruption last weekend and called for them to be stripped of the franchise. This was totally the fault of Nework Rail who have owned up and apologised. I think his constituents will be heartily pleased to see the back of him.

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    Rex Ide

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

  • The 'con' merchants have betrayed the British People over many, many things !, I myself knew what to expect when they 'took' office !, many people are too young to remember what thatcher did to this country !, they will without doubt pay the price next May !. I congratulate Mr Carswell on having the courage to stand against tory policies he could no longer support !, maybe it will prompt others to do the same !, roll on May 2015 !

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    freedomf

    Thursday, August 28, 2014

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