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Carswell: 'I've not spoken to PM about defection'

Tory MP Douglas Carswell revealed he had not told David Cameron he was defecting to Ukip.

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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.

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Carswell says he thinks members of his local party will come with him. But feels sad to be leaving them.

Carswell to resign seat and stand in by-election

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.

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Red Arrows 'wow' at Clacton Air Show

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.

The Red Arrows are famous for their acrobatic displays
The Red Arrows are famous for their acrobatic displays Credit: Jack Tuck
2014 is the 50th display season for the Red Arrows
2014 is the 50th display season for the Red Arrows Credit: Jack Tuck
The Red Arrows are made up of pilots, engineers and essential support staff
The Red Arrows are made up of pilots, engineers and essential support staff Credit: Jack Tuck

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Last pair of Lancaster bombers to fly at the Clacton Air Show

The world's two only properly functioning Lancaster bombers take to the skies.
The world's two only properly functioning Lancaster bombers take to the skies. Credit: PA

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.

Service in Clacton commemorates First World War Centenary

First World War Centenary service.
First World War Centenary service.
The service was led by Major Elizabeth Burns of Clacton Salvation Army and Fred   Nicholls, Vice-Chairman of Tendring District Council gave the reading.
The service was led by Major Elizabeth Burns of Clacton Salvation Army and Fred Nicholls, Vice-Chairman of Tendring District Council gave the reading.

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.

Adrian Nation, a singer songwriter from Holland-on-Sea, performed “The Band  Played Waltzing Matilda” which is all about Gallipoli.
Adrian Nation, a singer songwriter from Holland-on-Sea, performed “The Band Played Waltzing Matilda” which is all about Gallipoli.
First World War Centenary service.
First World War Centenary service.

Man punched and robbed

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. "

Police appeal after assault

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.

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