Douglas Carswell

Ukip wins Clacton from the Tories and runs Labour mighty close in Heywood & Middleton

9 October 2014 22:18

2.50am Douglas Carswell’s victory speech, after winning a 12,404 majority, was not triumphalist: there was no tub-thumping. Instead, he said…

New party, same old politics for Douglas Carswell

9 October 2014 16:49

Douglas Carswell is not like normal politicians; he’s authentic, genuine and in touch with real people. Or so the spin…

Nigel Farage’s Krakatoa day arrives

9 October 2014 8:56

Tonight Clacton is set to return the first elected Ukip MP to the House of Commons. The Conservatives have already…

Tories ready for tough by-election fight

27 September 2014 16:51

When Douglas Carswell defected, many Tory MPs were quick to say that an aggressive campaign against him would be counter-productive.…

Nigel Farage concedes Ukip won’t win Heywood and Middleton by-election

26 September 2014 17:14

Not long after John Bickley had appealed to Ukip delegates to help him win in Heywood and Middleton, Nigel Farage…

The by-election battles have begun over Clacton and Heywood

26 September 2014 15:21

Douglas Carswell has just finished speaking at the Ukip conference and his fellow by-election contender John Bickley, who is standing…

Can the Tory party locate its secret weapon?

4 September 2014 21:32

It used to be said that loyalty was the Tory party’s secret weapon. But this supposed strength hasn’t been very…

Exclusive: Ukip offers to pay for polls for would-be defectors

4 September 2014 17:15

Ukip have been approaching potential defectors and offering to pay for a poll in their constituency that shows how well…

How can Cameron save the Conservatives? Daniel Hannan, Lord Tebbit and Andrew Roberts respond

3 September 2014 16:25

We asked Daniel Hannan, Lord Tebbit and historian Andrew Roberts what – if anything – David Cameron could do to…

Exclusive: Tory Clacton selection will be an open primary

2 September 2014 16:24

How do the Conservatives make the Clacton by-election more difficult for Douglas Carswell? I hear from two extremely well-placed sources…

Boris: No-one seriously approached me to stand in Clacton

2 September 2014 14:23

If the Tories did want to really fight Douglas Carswell in the Clacton by-election, then Boris Johnson would have been…

Cameron does not have as much time as he’d like on European reform

1 September 2014 8:16

What should worry David Cameron more, Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip or reports that as many as 100 Tory MPs…

If Carswell was serious about Europe, he would never have defected

31 August 2014 16:10

Where is this burning point of principle that drove Douglas Carswell into the arms of Ukip? I’ve read lots about…

Ukip set for crushing Clacton win

31 August 2014 9:39

David Cameron and the Tories’ electoral hopes are about to take a long walk on Clacton’s short pier. A poll…

Can Douglas Carswell stop Ukip screwing things up?

30 August 2014 20:25

I rejoiced at the news of Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip. Not because I’m a Ukip supporter (I haven’t made…

Ukip should beware distracting from its Carswell coup with talk of other defections

29 August 2014 12:46

Stuart Wheeler has just been boasting on Sky News that two more Conservative MPs are ‘seriously considering’ defecting to Ukip.…

Even without more defections, the pressure is back on Cameron

29 August 2014 8:25

What will be the impact on the Conservative party of Douglas Carswell’s defection? Even though there is some excitement this…

Douglas Carswell: the rebel with an unclear cause

28 August 2014 15:44

Anyone who would rather not live in a Britain run by Ed Miliband and Ed Balls should be dismayed at…

If the Tories can’t keep Carswell in the fold, they are in serious trouble

28 August 2014 14:30

Douglas Carswell’s defection to Ukip is a serious blow to the Tory party. Unlike so many other defectors, Carswell is…

Douglas Carswell: Darling of the Tories, Labour and now Ukip

28 August 2014 12:44

This is no ordinary defection. It would be easy for the Tories to brush off a member of the old…