Douglas Carswell's Blog

Douglas is an optimist.  He believes that the world is getting better and that we need change.

Married to Clementine, they have a six year old daughter - and Crumble the dog.

Douglas is standing as UKIP's candidate for Clacton in the General Election in May.  He is a local champion for our area, and has been campaigning to safeguard local services.

Frustrated by the failure of the Conservative administration to deliver real change, Douglas left the party in 2015 and joined UKIP.  He chose to resign his seat, and face a by-election to give local people the final say.  Douglas was the first MP to do so in over a generation.   

In the subsequent Clacton by-election, Douglas was returned with, what one academic  described as "the largest increase in the vote achieved by any party" in any by-election in British political history.

Douglas believes that politicians should be made more directly accountable to those they are supposed to represent.  His book, The End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy, outlined how this could be achieved.

In recognition of his efforts to bring change to Westminster, the Spectator named him Insurgent of the Year last 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 is keen on swimming, running and riding. He is an enthusiastic - if not always successful - gardener.

The End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy

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

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Parliament has been dissolved - which means there are no longer any MP until after the General Election on May 7th. This website was established while I was a Member of Parliament.