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Clacton MP Douglas Carswell won't stand for re-election

Douglas Carswell recently left Ukip to become an Independent Credit: PA

The MP for Clacton Douglas Carswell has announced he won't be seeking re-election on June 8th saying he has never felt 'more proud and honoured' than when representing his Essex constituents.

Read his full statement below:

"I have never felt more proud and honoured than when representing my Essex constituents in the House of Commons.

Over the past twelve years I have had great fun working with, and getting to know, many wonderful local people. Together, we ran all sorts of local campaigns, from safeguarding local services to getting a new seafront. Local has always come first.

As I promised in my maiden speech, I have done everything possible to ensure we got, and won, a referendum to leave the European Union - even changing parties and triggering a by election to help nudge things along. Last summer, we won that referendum. Britain is going to become a sovereign country again.

I have decided that I will not now be seeking re-election. I intend to vote Conservative ‪on June 8th and will be offering my full support to whoever the Clacton Constituency Conservatives select as their candidate.

It is sometimes said that all political careers end in failure. It doesn't feel like that to me today. I have stood for Parliament five times, won four times, and helped win the referendum last June. Job done. I'm delighted.

Having been an MP for about half my adult life, I believe that it is time for me to move on to other things. I look forward to being able to read newspapers without appearing in them.

It has been the highest honour to have represented Clacton in the House of Commons."

– Douglas Carswell MP, Clacton, Independent


Ukip donor Banks to stand against Carswell in Clacton

Arron Banks (left) will go up against Douglas Carswell (right). Credit: PA

Ukip donor Arron Banks has announced that he will run against current Clacton MP Douglas Carswell in the upcoming General Election.

Mr Carswell quit Ukip last month to become an Independent MP after declaring that it was "job done" following the EU referendum result.

Following that decision, he said that there was "no need" for a by-election but that has now been taken out of his hands following Theresa May's shock announcement earlier.

Mr Banks recently described Mr Carswell's resignation as a "rare piece of good news for Ukip" and the pair have had a number of high profile rows in the past.

Mr Carswell held onto his seat at the last election in 2015, winning by a majority of 3,437.

Man dies after falling from boat off Essex coast

Man dies off the coast of Essex

A man has died after falling from a boat in the sea in Essex.

Clacton lifeboat crew was called to the scene around three miles off the coast of Lee-Over-Sands near St Osyth at around 1.15 on Saturday.

Police Marine rescue units were also involved in the rescue attempt. The man, who was 59, was pulled from the water but wasn't breathing. He was taken to hospital but later died.

The vessel and its three other occupants were towed to Brightlingsea by an Essex Police marine vessel.

A spokesman for Clacton RNLI said:

The thoughts of everyone at Clacton Lifeboat Station are with the friends and family of the man and those who were involved in the incident. We would like to thank all the emergency services, including Clacton Coastguard, Walton Coastguard, Essex Police, the East of England Ambulance, First Responders, the Air Ambulance and Coastguard Rescue Helicopter, for their efforts It was heart-breaking that despite excellent teamwork from all the services involved that the man’s life could not be saved.”

– Clacton RNLI Spokesman


Stay safe this weekend - with Clacton's answer to Baywatch

As the region prepares to bask in the sun this weekend, Clacton's answer to Baywatch are getting ready to jump into action.

Beach patrols along the seafront begin this weekend and, judging by the weather forecast, it looks like they have timed it perfectly.

Temperatures are expected to hit 20 degrees or even higher on Sunday and that is expected to bring out plenty of beach-goers.

So, switch California for Clacton, squint a bit, and enjoy Tanya Mercer's report with top tips for how to stay safe this weekend.

Man charged with murder over fatal Essex stabbing

Danny Myers was stabbed on Monday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A man from Clacton been charged with murder following a fatal stabbing in Essex.

23-year-old Danny Myers was stabbed to death at a house in Rochford Road, St Osyth, on Monday March 20.

A post mortem examination found Mr Myers, from Enfield, died from a stab wound to the heart.

Kevin Paddick, 34, is due to appear in court today, while a 29-year-old woman from Clacton who was also arrested on suspicion of murder has been released without charge.

Woman arrested after man stabbed to death in Essex

The man was stabbed in St Osyth. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A murder investigation is underway after a 23-year-old man was stabbed to death in Essex.

Police were called to Rochford Road in St Osyth near Clacton just before 5 o'clock this morning (March 20).

Officers carried out CPR on the victim until an ambulance arrived, but he died in hospital a short time later.

A 29-year old woman from Clacton has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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