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Carswell: 'Tories aren't serious about change UK needs'

Douglas Carswell has said he is leaving the Conservative Party because too much of the leadership "aren't serious about the change that Britain so desperately needs".

The Clacton MP says too many Conservatives "talk the talk" on key issues at elections but have not done enough to make change happen.

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

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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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Did you witness a dog attack in Westcliff in Essex?

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was bitten while trying to stop a dog attack in Westcliff in Essex.

It happened at around 4.40pm on Saturday August 16 at Milton Road.

The 19-year-old was walking her dog when a light brown dog, believed to a Staffordshire bull terrier, ran towards them. Her dog was attacked and she was bitten on her hands while trying to fight off the other animal.

She was later taken to hospital for treatment.

The owner of the other dog was described as being in her 20s and about 5ft 5in tall. She had shoulder-length black hair and was wearing a white vest and grey tracksuit bottoms.

Any witnesses or anyone who can identify the woman should contact Pc Terry Wilson at Southend Police station on 101.

Domestic abuse victim speaks about abusive relationship

Last year Essex Police recorded around 28 thousand domestic abuse incidents.
Last year Essex Police recorded around 28 thousand domestic abuse incidents. Credit: PA Images

More than 42,000 incidents of domestic abuse were recorded across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk last year.

One community housing group in Braintree is raising awareness in the hope of encouraging more victims to speak out.

ITV Anglia's Hannah Pettifer went to meet one woman who was in an abusive relationship for two years - her words are spoken by an actor to protect her identity.

Click below to watch the report:

Help and support available for domestic abuse victims:

Help for Domestic Violence

Women's Aid

Refuge

National Domestic Violence Helpline

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