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Old 28th Aug 2014, 12:48
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Douglas Carswell defects to UKIP



A Conservative MP has dramatically resigned and joined Nigel Farage’s Ukip.

Douglas Carswell, a prominent and respected Eurosceptic, will stand down as MP for Clacton in Essex and fight a by-election as the Ukip candidate.

Mr Carswell’s defection was kept a closely guarded secret until he held a surprise press conference at Westminster. He said his position in the Conservative Party was “untenable” and that, while he could “muddle through” as a Ukip MP until next May’s general election, he had decided to ask his constituents to join his crusade.

He said: “It's not enough that I leave the Conservative Party and join Ukip. I will now resign from parliament and stand for Ukip in the by-election that must follow.”
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Old 28th Aug 2014, 12:55
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Old 28th Aug 2014, 13:21
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At least the bloke has not just crossed the floor like most of the rat bastards do.
Hmmm, not sure he could cross the floor as there int any UKIP MPs to cross to.
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Old 28th Aug 2014, 13:32
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Good for him, all that's needed now is for others of the same mindset to do the same, Conservatives and Labour.
No need to say anything about the libdem's 'cos they're all w**kers , as far as I am concerned, who will blindly follow cleggy into oblivion, hopefully.
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Old 28th Aug 2014, 13:45
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Cameron DOES tell porkies though, doesn't he?
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Hopefully this is the first of many. My only worry is that weakening the (so-called) Conservative party might drive voters towards the other mainstream party and that would be an unmitigated disaster.
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Were he ever elevated to the House of Lords, would he become Clacton Peer?
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Old 28th Aug 2014, 14:17
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Clacton Peer...
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Old 28th Aug 2014, 14:22
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Good man!

Not sure how long someone with standards is going to last in politics though.
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Old 28th Aug 2014, 14:29
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A Tory/UKIP coalition in the next General Election then...?

That should give a tingle in the underpants for the majority around here!
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Old 28th Aug 2014, 14:44
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I'd go for that.
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Old 28th Aug 2014, 15:39
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Hopefully this is the first of many. My only worry is that weakening the (so-called) Conservative party might drive voters towards the other mainstream party and that would be an unmitigated disaster.
My thoughts too. I hope UKIP and the Tories do a late deal before the election or Labour being re-elected by default will be the unpalatable outcome.
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Old 28th Aug 2014, 15:42
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The question is, why do it now? There's less than a year to go in the parliament, why not wait until the election and fight the seat on behalf of UKIP then? A by-election now that a) he might lose and b) would only have 6 months or so to run anyway seems a bit pointless.

Then again, he might not get as much publicity of he waited. Like any "good" politician, always on the lookout for some cheap airtime.....
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Old 28th Aug 2014, 15:54
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UKIP have been a bit silent since their EU election triumph,Nigel wants to get his arse in front of the cameras a bit more often lest he be forgotten.
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Old 28th Aug 2014, 15:58
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Events and consequences work to UKIP's favo(u)r. No need, as I see it, for UKIP to seek headlines as the headlines destined to run will surely expand support for it.
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The question is, why do it now? There's less than a year to go in the parliament, why not wait until the election and fight the seat on behalf of UKIP then?
The timing of the by-election is the decision of the Prime Minister, or local Conservatives - not Carswell.
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Old 28th Aug 2014, 16:01
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A rat joining a sinking ship.
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Old 28th Aug 2014, 16:08
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It's actually a seaworthy ship gaining more sailors by the day. The sinking ship is the left wing faction of UK politics, kept afloat only by immigrants, welfare seekers, and labour die hards.
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A rat joining a sinking ship

Among the many gormless posts I've seen from perthsaint that has to top the lot.
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Plays into Miliband's hands collapse of LD vote to Labour and splitting of the Tory vote with UKIP.Remember where you saw it first.
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