Douglas Carswell's Blog

Douglas was first elected to Parliament in 2005 by a slender 920 votes. He was returned as MP for Clacton in 2010 with a 12,000 majority.

His book, The End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy, has been described as a "revolutionary text ... right up there with the Communist manifesto" by Dominic Lawson, writing in the Sunday Times.

Douglas is an advocate of reform.  In recognition of his efforts to bring change to Westminster, in 2009 Spectator readers voted him Parliamentarian of the Year and The Daily Telegraph nominated him a Briton of the Year.

Douglas had a proper job in business before politics, working in commercial television and then fund management.

Born in 1971, Douglas' home was in Uganda until his late teens. He read history at the University of East Anglia and King's College, London.

Douglas first stood for Parliament against Tony Blair, as the Conservative candidate for Sedgefield in 2001. Married to Clementine, with a daughter, Douglas is keen on swimming, running and riding. He is an enthusiastic - if not always successful - gardener.

In 2008, he co-authored the best selling book, The Plan, with Daniel Hannan MEP.  According to commentator Charles Moore, Downing Street has since "enthusiastically lifted several bits of it".  Douglas wishes they would implement even more.  

Douglas has written for the Financial Times, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Mail on Sunday and Spectator, and appears regularly on television and radio.

Read what others have written about Douglas:

Interview in the Evening Standard with Sarah Sands, February 2012

Interview in the Independent with Andy McSmith, June 2012

The End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy

"A revolutionary text ... right up there with the Communist manifesto" - Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times