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Douglas Carswell questions 'nature and tone' of Ukip campaigns

Ukip's only MP Douglas Carswell has questioned the 'nature and tone' of the party's campaigning following the resignation of its leader Nigel Farage.

Mr Carswell, the MP for Clacton, ruled out standing for the leadership himself.

Douglas Carswell MP said it was no secret there were fundamental differences between him and his leader Nigel Farage. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Politics is an act of bringing of bringing people together, of drawing people together as one, not of dividing people.

If Ukip wants to be the agent for change, it needs to become New-kip. It needs to challenge itself and put a lot of distance between that angry nativist messaging that we saw of lot of during the referendum.

It's a very toxic, destructive counter-productive card to play and it's cynical.

– Douglas Carswell MP, Ukip

Mr Carswell said credit was due to Mr Farage and others for campaigning for twenty years to get the EU referendum in the first place but added that it was no secret that that had fundamental differences about how to win votes.

Click to watch the full interview with Douglas Carswell by ITV News Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson

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UKIP's Carswell: "EU migrants currently living in the UK are welcome here."

Douglas Carswell speaking in the House of Commons during Prime Minster's Questions. Credit: PA Wire.

Clacton's UKIP MP has backed calls for parliament to make it clear EU citizens currently living in the UK are welcome here.

Douglas Carswell, an outspoken Vote Leave campaigner, is among more than 30 politicians, business leaders and academics who have signed a letter in the Sunday Telegraph today.

They say the reassurance "would also send a clear statement to the extreme minority – who appear to believe they have licence to attack and harass migrants – that the British public finds their views repugnant and unwelcome in our society".

"We would urge the government, opposition parties and every candidate standing to be the next Conservative Party leader – and hence Prime Minister – to make an unequivocal statement that EU migrants currently living in the UK are welcome here, and that changes would apply only to new migrants."

– From letter to the Sunday Telegraph.

Reports of hate crimes across the country have increased since the decision to leave the EU in last month's referendum.

Work to rebuild 'flattened' Clacton house to begin next month

The house was flattened in the explosion. Credit: Eyewitness Wayne, from Clacton.

Work to repair a house destroyed in a massive gas explosion in Clacton will start next month.

It happened back in February 2014 on Cloes Lane.

Nine people were injured - two of them seriously. A report last year confirmed it was an "unfortunate accident".

The council says it will take around five months to rebuild the house.

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Teenage girl has been missing for more than three weeks

Saffron Sandford. Credit: Essex Police.

Police in Essex want help to find a teenage girl who went missing from Clacton more than three weeks ago.

Saffron Sandford, who is 15 and has distinctive blue hair, has links to east London and Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire.

She is white, 5ft 4in tall, and was last seen wearing blue jeggings, a green parka-style jacket and white trainers.

Officers say they are "growing increasingly concerned for her welfare".

Three men hurt after fight on Clacton seafront

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after three people were assaulted in Marine Parade, Clacton.

Police were called at 1.10am on Saturday April 1 to reports of a fight at Tom Peppers bar, which began inside the premises before moving outside.

A 26-year-old man from London suffered a fractured eye socket, a 25-year-old man from Colchester suffered cracked ribs and an eye injury and a 23-year-old man from Clacton suffered a minor hand injury.

Two men aged 22 and 27 from Clacton were arrested on suspicion of assault and released on bail until May 19, pending further inquiries.

Family of five made homeless by Essex blaze

The fire was at Rochford Road in St Osyth, near Clacton. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A family of five has been left homeless after a fire destroyed their Essex house.

Firefighters were called to Rochford Road at St Osyth, near Clacton, at about 11.15pm on Friday March 11.

It took nearly two hours to put out the blaze which destroyed the first floor of the terraced house and left the ground floor smoke damaged.

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