BREAKING: Tory MP Douglas Carswell defects to UKIP and resigns from Parliament sparking a crunch Essex by-election

August 28, 2014 1:07 PM

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Prominent Tory backbencher Douglas Carswell this morning announced he was defecting to UKIP and resigning from Parliament - sparking a crunch by-election.

Mr Carswell's decision is a major blow to David Cameron, coming just nine months before the next general election.

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