Who is Douglas Carswell?

Douglas Carswell (right) left the Conservative party to join UKIP.

Clacton-on-Sea's MP Douglas Carswell resigned from the Conservative party to join UKIP, triggering a by-election nine months before the next general election.

Who is this former Tory backbencher and what does he stand for?

  • Douglas Carswell is a vocally eurosceptic, libertarian politician heavily in favour of a more local style of Government.
  • He openly criticised ID cards and the quality of equipment given to troops in Afghanistan.
  • Carswell lead the campaign to eject the then-Speaker, Michael Martin, for his role in the expenses scandal which rocked Westminster in 2009.
  • In order to force Martin out of his position, Carswell broke Parliament rules by openly criticising the Speaker. MPs do not normally voice opinions on the Speaker because the role is meant to be neutral.
  • Carswell increased his majority in the next election by 12,068 votes, in what was now the constituency of Clacton-on-Sea. He is seeking re-election as a UKIP member.
  • If successful, UKIP will have their first MP.

Russia 'trains, arms and funds' Ukraine rebels

Obama said Russia was "already more isolated" than it had been since the end of the Cold War.

Russia has "backed, trained, armed, financed" separatist rebels throughout their campaign, Barack Obama has said.

The American President said he was looking at further sanctions against Russia for their alleged involvement with rebels fighting around the city of Donetsk.

The warning came as pro-Russian rebels seized the coastal town of Novoazovsk in south-eastern Ukraine and are planning to move up the coast towards Mariupol.

Joan Rivers 'resting comfortably' after op scare

Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital after she stopped breathing during throat surgery.

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Comedian Joan Rivers is "resting comfortably" in hospital after she received emergency medial care, her daughter has said.

Melissa Rivers made the announcement in a statement and thanked "everyone for their overwhelming love and support" for her mother.

The 81-year-old was in a "critical condition" after she was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York when she stopped breathing during a procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy.

A brother's gift of life

A baby boy has saved his sister's life by giving her his bone marrow.

Two-year-old Seren-Rose Davis was diagnosed with a metabolic disorder last December. She was unable to speak and her condition left her with brain damage and learning difficulties.

Her parents, Elouise and Simon, were told that if Seren-Rose was left untreated, she would be unlikely to live to adulthood.

Neither of them were suitable donors, but son Jacob, did have the bone marrow match.

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Shaun Wright resigns from Labour but clings to PCC role

The Home Secretary and Labour party have both called for Shaun Wright to step down.

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Embattled Shaun Wright has resigned from the Labour party but refused to step down from his role as South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner after a damning report exposed decades of child abuse in Rotherham.

Wright, who was Rotherham's head of children services between 2005-10, apologised for what had happened but maintained he had no plans to step down.

The heads of child protection, social services and the police have all been heavily criticised after it emerged at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited by gangs of men between 1997 and 2013.