Tory defector Douglas Carswell said "I stab people in the front, not the back" as he defended his decision to quit the party.
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A woman thought to be the last to give birth maternity unit in Clacton fears halting births there puts some expectant mothers at risk.
Tory MP Douglas Carswell revealed he had not told David Cameron he was defecting to Ukip.
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.
Carswell says he thinks members of his local party will come with him. But feels sad to be leaving them.
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 first Westminster MP.
he 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.
The Red Arrows have been in action at the Clacton Air Show today.
The RAF Aerobatic Team put on a dramatic show with their distinctive Hawk jets.
Historic planes have been sending hearts soaring at the region's only surviving free air show in Clacton.
140 thousand visitors are expected at the event which runs Thursday 21 and Friday 22 August. It shows no sign of going the way of similar events in Southend and Lowestoft.
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The 23rd annual Clacton Air Show gets underway today with regulars the Red Arrows topping the bill tomorrow.
The highlight of today though will be the last pair of Lancaster bombers in the world flying together.
The RAF's latest war machine the Typhoon will also be putting on a display on both days.
The show starts at 11am and is free.
More than 250 people turned out to a service to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War in Clacton today.
The service was staged at the War Memorial on the town’s seafront at 11am and was attended by all ages.
A number of wreaths were laid from various organisations and there was a roll call of those named on the memorial that died in 1914, as well as those for whom a date of death is not recorded or who died after 1918.
Essex Police want to hear from anyone with information about a robbery which took place at Thoroughgood Road in Clacton between midnight and 12.20am on Thursday July 24. A 28-year-old man was walking along the road when he was approached from behind and had his rucksack pulled from his shoulder. He was also punched to the face and fell to the floor suffering cuts and bruises to his face. The suspects then ran off. DC Lee Winfield, from Clacton CID, said: "Unfortunately the victim was not able to get a good look at his attackers and we currently have no description. But I would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in this area or who has come across any of the distinctive stolen property. The bag was a black McKenzie backpack with the letter 'M' on the back. "
Essex Police are appealing for information following an assault in Clacton.
A man in his 50s said he was attacked on the doorstep of his flat in Meredith Road.
Police think a passer by may have intervened and want that person to come forward. The victim didn't require hospital treatment.