Douglas Carswell

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Douglas Carswell
MP
Douglas Carswell, May 2009.jpg
Carswell in 2009
Member of Parliament
for Clacton
Harwich (2005–2010)
Assumed office
10 October 2014
Preceded by Himself
In office
5 May 2005 – 29 August 2014
Preceded by Ivan Henderson
Succeeded by Himself
Personal details
Born 3 May 1971 (1971-05-03) (age 46)
London, England
Political party Conservative (before 2014)
UKIP (2014–2017)
Independent (since 2017)
Spouse(s) Clementine Bailey
Children 1
Alma mater University of East Anglia
King's College London
Religion Anglicanism
Website Official website

John Douglas Wilson Carswell (born 3 May 1971) is a British politician. He is a Eurosceptic and a libertarian. Carsewell was elected to Parliament at the 2005 general election. On 28 August 2014 left the Conservative Party to be a member of UKIP.[1]

Following his resignation from the Conservatives, he ran for his seat Clacton-on-Sea as a UKIP candidate. He was elected UKIP's first MP in the House of Commons in the by-election held on 9 October 2014.

In March 2017, Carswell said that he was quitting UKIP to be an independent MP[2]. In April 2017 he said he would not stand in the 2017 general election.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Aitkenhead, Decca (9). "Douglas Carswell: 'I'm having far too much fun to leave Ukip'". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2016.  Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help); Check date values in: |date=, |year= / |date= mismatch (help)
  2. "Douglas Carswell quitting UKIP". 25 March 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk. 
  3. Elgot, Jessica; Booth, Robert; Walker, Peter (20 April 2017). "Former Ukip MP Douglas Carswell to step down in Clacton". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 April 2017.