THE OLD PARTIES RESPOND – Carswell: The Old Parties Respond Tories: “This is a regrettable and frankly counterproductive decision. As Douglas Carswell said, the only way to get a referendum on the EU is to return a majority Conservative government. The Conservative party will contest the forthcoming by-election vigorously to make sure the people in Clacton have a strong conservative voice in this parliament and the next.” ‘The Conservative Party will contest the by-election vigorously, to ensure that the people of Clacton have a strong Conservative voice in this Parliament and the next.’ Labour: “Douglas Carswell’s defection is a hammer blow to David Cameron. Confidence in David Cameron is collapsing inside a Conservative party which is divided and running scared of UKIP. David Cameron’s weak leadership has seen him abandon the centre ground, repeatedly trying to pander to his own right-wing backbenchers rather than concentrate on the needs of the country. Now even his own side are abandoning him.” Panic stations.
BREAKING: Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to Ukip
LEADING backbencher Douglas Carswell has defected from the Conservative Party to Ukip, it has just been announced.
EXPRESS.CO.UK|BY OWEN BENNETT – POLITICAL REPORTER
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