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Clacton MP re-takes his seat for Ukip

Clacton MP Douglas Carswell taking his seat Credit: HOC

Clacton's new Ukip MP has taken his seat in the House of Commons for the first time later following his historic by-election.

Nigel Farage hailed it an "emotional" moment for Ukip as he watched its first elected MP introduced to Parliament after victory in the Clacton by-election.

The party leader was in the Commons for the first time in more than 30 years to see Douglas Carswell re-take his seat.

Mr Carswell, who triggered the contest after defecting from the Tories, was shepherded into the chamber by former colleagues Zac Goldsmith and Sir Peter Tapsell.

Carswell taking his historic seat in the Commons Credit: HOC

Arriving at Westminster, Mr Farage said he had not been in the Commons since he was 17 - although he has been to the Lords.

Asked if it felt like an emotional moment for the party, he said: "It does. I think it is a moment.

"I am here to represent Ukip and the millions of people who we represent."

As an MEP, Mr Farage does not have automatic access to the parliamentary estate. The House authorities indicated Ukip would have needed to apply for tickets to sit in the public gallery.


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Carswell: 'Conservative party like HMV stores - defunct'

The UK Independence Party's first elected MP has compared the Conservative party to HMV music stores, describing it as "defunct".

Douglas Carswell speaking to Andrew Marr. Credit: BBC/The Andrew Marr Show

"It's a little bit like HMV music. Once ubiquitous when it came to buying music. The way the Tory party is retailing politics is like the way HMV retailed music - it is a defunct retail model," Douglas Carswell told the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

Carswell, who won the Clacton by-election with a huge majority last week, said he argued that "we needed to Spotify" the Tory Party, but found too much opposition to change.

He also played own suggestions Ukip could gain 25 MPs at the next election, saying: "Let's keep a sense of perspective....I don't like bravado talk and Ia'm not going to use it."

Carswell he was hopeful fellow Tory defector Mark Reckless would win the upcoming by-election in Rochester, saying a win would show that British politics is becoming "fundamentally different".

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UKIP hit the campaign trail in Rochester

UKIP leader Nigel Farage (centre) and newly elected Ukip MP Douglas Carswell (right) joins their party's candidate Mark Reckless on Rochester High Street Credit: PA

UKIP has accused the Westminster parties of running a smear campaign against them and has ruled out entering into any form of election pact with the Conservatives. It comes as Nigel Farage and newly elected MP Douglas Carswell hit the campaign trail in Rochester and Strood in the fight to rally support for Tory defector Mark Reckless.

Addressing supporters in the Kent constituency, Mr Farage said the party was "targeting everybody in this campaign". He said: "Let's make the people's army of Ukip march on Rochester and Strood."

UKIP supporters from across the South East flooded the Rochester and Strood constituency as the campaign to get Mr Reckless into parliament got underway.

The date for the vote is yet to be set.


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Douglas Carswell: I will never be the leader of Ukip

Newly-elected Ukip MP Douglas Carswell has said he will "never be the leader of the UK Independence Party".

Asked if his victory speech last night was a bid for leadership, Carswell said, "I am not the leader of the UK Independence Party, I never will be the leader of the UK Independence Party".

Carswell was speaking during a visit to his Clacton constituency with Nigel Farage.

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Tory MPs congratulate Carswell on byelection result

Some Conservative MPs have taken to Twitter to congratulate their former colleague Douglas Carswell on his win at the Clacton byelection:

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Shapps: Rise in Ukip votes 'a wake up call'

Ukip's win in Clacton and massive boost in support in the Heywood and Middleton byelection is "a wake up call" to the Tories, Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps said.

He told Good Morning Britain that Ukip had taken votes from all parties, but had "cost Conservatives seats in Parliament," putting Ed Miliband closer to Number 10.

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