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Carswell: This election "marks death knell to current political system"

Douglas Carswell Credit: PA

Douglas Carswell, UKIP candidate for Clacton, has said that regardless of the outcome of the election - it will mark "the death knell for the current political system."

Speaking before the count got underway, he said:

"About five-and-a-half million people will have voted either for the Greens or UKIP and that five-and-a-half million people can expect to have a pitiful number of people representing them in the House of Commons, and if that's true I think this General Election is going to mark the death knell of our current political system."

– Douglas Carswell

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Douglas Carswell says new government must reform electoral system

UKIP's Douglas Carswell says any new government must bring about a reform of the electoral system to ensure smaller parties are properly represented at Westminster.

The Clacton candidate said parties like the Green Party and UKIP could end up with just a handful of seats despite attracting "three or four million votes" while the SNP got many more representatives in the House of Commons.

"I think tonight's result, whatever the result, will raise some profound questions about the sustainability of an electoral system that's designed for two-party politics in a world of multi-party politics."

– Douglas Carswell, UKIP candidate, UKIP.

Mr Carswell said UKIP would not go into coalition with any party but he considered a Cameron government "a better, more credible alternative to Ed Balls' economics".

But he added it would "be difficult for me to have confidence in a government that wasn't serious about political reform".

Suspected hand grenade found in Clacton

Army bomb disposal experts were called to Clacton on Wednesday afternoon after a member of the public spotted what looked like a hand grenade in a pile of leaves.

Police arrived at Constable Avenue just after 4pm. They cordoned off an alleyway which runs between Gerrard Avenue and Constable Avenue and evacuated nearby homes.

The item was identified as not live and was taken away for disposal.

Police set up cordon after reports of a suspected hand grenade Credit: PA

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Police confirm name of Clacton stabbing victim

James Gregoire was killed on Monday. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Police have officially named a man who was killed in Clacton earlier this week - and confirmed he had been stabbed several times on his upper body.

James Gregoire, 54, died following the attack at Rosemary Road at about 11.45pm on Monday April 13.

A 21-year-old man who was arrested at Clacton on Tuesday on suspicion of murder remains in hospital receiving treatment.

A post mortem examination confirmed Mr Gregoire died from several stab wounds to the upper body.

Man murdered in Clacton

Murder investigation Credit: ITV Anglia

A murder inquiry's underway in Clacton after a man was killed last night.

Two others were injured in the incident near Pier Avenue. Police have cordoned off much of the town centre while they investigate. Businesses in the area are being advised they may not be able to open this morning

Officers are trying to arrest the man believed to be responsible.

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