The maverick mutineer who had been plotting for a year and why Douglas Carswell's defection is 'biggest political surprise for years'

August 29, 2014 5:04 AM

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David Cameron was at Chequers preparing for a difficult trip to defend the Union in Scotland when the bombshell dropped.

Alerted to an ‘important’ Ukip announcement at 11am, Cameron was reading official papers – with the television on in the background – when to his horror he realised that Douglas Carswell was defecting.

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