Isn’t it interesting that Douglas Carswell is refusing to call a by-election now he has quit UKIP – saying he’ll sit as an independent MP instead?

He reckons having a by-election every time someone quits a party would strengthen party leaders.

He says he hasn’t changed party – even though he demonstrably has changed away from UKIP.

And he says he has won four elections in his Clacton constituency already.

Isn’t it more likely that he doesn’t think he can win a fifth time, considering the fuss he has caused over the last two or three years?

The kick in the teeth for UKIP – whose ex-leader, Nigel Farage, wanted Carswell to quit and whose current leader, Paul Nuttall, welcomed the decision – is that the party will now lose £217,000 of opposition funding.

Needless to say, the social media have been having a ball with the announcement (most particularly Aaron Bastani, it seems):

What next for UKIP? Watch this space – and, if you’re a Kipper, pray that it doesn’t remain empty for some time to come.

UKIP’s Douglas Carswell is quitting the party to become an independent MP and says he is doing so “amicably”.

The party’s only MP defected from the Conservatives in 2014.

Former leader Nigel Farage recently called on Mr Carswell to quit, accusing him of “actively working against UKIP”.

Party leader Paul Nuttall said Mr Carswell was “committed to Brexit, but was never a comfortable Ukipper”. There are now calls within UKIP for the Clacton MP to call a by-election.

Source: Douglas Carswell quitting UKIP to become independent MP for Clacton – BBC News

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