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Local party: Carswell defection a 'bolt from the blue'

A senior Tory in Douglas Carswell's Clacton constituency has said news of his defection to Ukip has come as a "bolt from the blue".

Mick Page, the leader of Tendring District Council, which covers Clacton said: "That's come as a shock - a bolt from the blue."

Speaking to the Press Association he added: "We always thought he was a Conservative very much against Europe but we thought he would work within the party to achieve his aims. As far as I'm aware the Conservative association had no warning of this."

Read: Carswell: 'Tories aren't serious about change UK needs'

Carswell: 'Tories aren't serious about change UK needs'

Douglas Carswell has said he is leaving the Conservative Party because too much of the leadership "aren't serious about the change that Britain so desperately needs".

The Clacton MP says too many Conservatives "talk the talk" on key issues at elections but have not done enough to make change happen.

Read: Douglas Carswell: 'I've not spoken to PM about defection'

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UN: 'Humanitarian assistance will continue in Gaza'

The UN has tweeted that they will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza following the end of the recent conflict between the Israeli military and Hamas.

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In light of the ceasefire, we are continuing our humanitarian assistance and restarting early recovery activities in #Gaza.

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Carswell: 'I've not spoken to PM about defection'

Tory MP Douglas Carswell revealed he had not told David Cameron he was defecting to Ukip.

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Carswell "I've not yet spoken to the Prime Minister...if I'd phoned him up beforehand you'd have heard about it in another way"

The Prime Minister and Mr Carswell's relationship has not always been friendly, with Mr Cameron once telling the Clacton MP he needed to "get a sense of humour".

ITV News Political Correspondent Paul Brand is following updates from the special Ukip press conference at which Mr Carswell is speaking.

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Carswell says he thinks members of his local party will come with him. But feels sad to be leaving them.

Carswell to resign seat and stand in by-election

Clacton MP Douglas Carswell has said he will stand down as an MP and then stand for Ukip in the resulting by-election following his defection from the Tories.

He today announced that he would be leaving the Conservative Party, claiming the party's leadership are "not serious" about the change the UK needs.

If successful, Mr Carswell would become the eurosceptic party's only Westminster MP.

Read: Clacton MP announces Ukip defection

Michel Platini: I wanted to do what was best for Uefa

Michel Platini said his commitment not to stand against Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency was the best decision for Uefa.

This is the decision I have made. I wanted to do what is best for Uefa,

Now is not my time, not yet. I want to complete what I have started and I want to go to the end of my contract with Uefa and if the federations wish I will still have a few years before this contract comes to an end.

I have thought long and hard but I never managed to convince myself that I had to go to Fifa.I chose from the heart and on the basis of my passionate feeling.

– Uefa president Michel Platini

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Clacton MP announces Ukip defection

The Conservative MP for Clacton, Douglas Carswell, has used a press conference this morning to announce he is defecting to Ukip.

Mr Carswell, long a strong eurosceptic voice on the Tory back benches, made the announcement alongside Ukip leader Nigel Farage.

Douglas Carswell announcing his defection to Ukip at a press conference.
Douglas Carswell announcing his defection to Ukip at a press conference.

Read: Nigel Farage selected to stand for Parliament

WHO: Over 20,000 could be infected with Ebola

More than 20,000 people could be infected by the current outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organisation said.

Health workers at an isolation camp in Guinea's Monrovia.
Health workers at an isolation camp in Guinea's Monrovia. Credit: Reuters

They said the actual number of cases in four West African nations could already be two to four times higher than the reported 3,069, as they issued a strategic plan to combat the outbreak.

They said: "The actual number of cases may be 2-4 fold higher than that currently reported."

They added that their road map "acknowledges that the aggregate case load of Ebola Virus Disease could exceed 20,000 over the course of this emergency."

They said: "Response activities must be adapted in areas of very intense transmission and particular attention must be given to stopping transmission in capital cities and major ports, thereby facilitating the larger response and relief effort."

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