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Carswell won't stand as Ukip leader and calls for party to change its campaign style

Ukip's only MP Douglas Carswell has ruled himself out of the race to be the new party leader. Credit: PA Wire

The Essex MP Douglas Carswell has ruled out standing for the leadership of Ukip after the resignation of the current leader Nigel Farage.

As a parting shot to his former leader, the Clacton MP called for a change to the "tone and style" asking for the party to reinvent itself as a radical campaigner for change.

Douglas Carswell questions 'nature and tone' of Ukip campaigns

Ukip's only MP Douglas Carswell has questioned the 'nature and tone' of the party's campaigning following the resignation of its leader Nigel Farage.

Mr Carswell, the MP for Clacton, ruled out standing for the leadership himself.

Douglas Carswell MP said it was no secret there were fundamental differences between him and his leader Nigel Farage. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Politics is an act of bringing of bringing people together, of drawing people together as one, not of dividing people.

If Ukip wants to be the agent for change, it needs to become New-kip. It needs to challenge itself and put a lot of distance between that angry nativist messaging that we saw of lot of during the referendum.

It's a very toxic, destructive counter-productive card to play and it's cynical.

– Douglas Carswell MP, Ukip

Mr Carswell said credit was due to Mr Farage and others for campaigning for twenty years to get the EU referendum in the first place but added that it was no secret that that had fundamental differences about how to win votes.

Click to watch the full interview with Douglas Carswell by ITV News Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson

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Cambridgeshire councillor considers Ukip leadership bid

Ukip councillor Lisa Duffy says she is considering a leadership bid. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Ukip councillor in Cambridgeshire says she is considering standing to take Nigel Farage's place as party leader.

Lisa Duffy, who is a councillor for Ramsey ward on Huntingdonshire District Council, said she is strongly considering running and will make her decision within 48 hours.

"I'll be looking at what my plan will be and what support I'm going to get. "The main consideration will be making sure it's the right thing for my family. It's not a job that comes without pressure. "Personally, right at this second, I'm more heading towards the not doing it but it's about making sure the support would be there in the party."

– Lisa Duffy
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Carswell rules himself out of running to replace Farage

Douglas Carswell has told ITV News he will not stand to replace Nigel Farage as Ukip leader.

Douglas Carswell. Credit: ITV News

Asked whether he wanted to succeed Farage, Ukip's only member of Parliament replied: "Absolutely not - I couldn't possibly be a constituency MP, represent Ukip in the House of Commons, be a dad and lead a party."

Carswell, who has been locked in a feud with Farage, earlier tweeted a smiling emoji as news of the leader's decision to quit emerged.

Carswell admitted he and Farage had suffered "profound differences in opinion" over how the party should operate.

But he paid tribute to his former boss' role in convincing Britain to vote to leave the EU.

"For 20 years, Nigel stood at times almost alone in pushing for this referendum...we got the referendum and we won. Nigel played a key role in that and I think we should pay tribute to him."

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Further divisions in UKIP as MEP Patrick O'Flynn slates leader Farage

Patrick O'Flynn (left) has launched an attack on Nigel Farage. Credit: PA

UKIP is facing further division after East of England MEP Patrick O'Flynn branded the party's leader a "snarling, thin-skinned, aggressive man."

In an interview with the Times newspaper, he said Nigel Farage risked turning the party into a personality cult.

The comments come after a separate row in which UKIP's Clacton MP Douglas Carswell is refusing to claim £650,000 of taxpayers' money despite pressure from party officials to use the use the funds in full.

Nigel Farage. Credit: PA

"What’s happened since Thursday night, Friday morning has certainly laid us open to the charge that this looks like an absolutist monarchy or a personality cult.

I don’t think that even Nigel would say it’s been the most glorious chapter of his leadership."

– Patrick O'Flynn

Carswell v Farage: What do the people of Clacton think?

Douglas Carswell, Ukip's only MP who represents Clacton in Essex, has insisted he will not claim £650,000 of taxpayers' money despite calls from party officials to use the funds in full.

Mr Carswell said he would not be able to "look pensioners in the eye" if he was claiming all the money the party is entitled to.

Here are what some people in his home constituency think about his stance.

Click below to hear some views from Clacton

Ukip's Carswell and Farage hold meeting over public money disagreement

Douglas Carswell and Nigel Farage on the campaign trail in Clacton. Credit: PA

Ukip have confirmed that leader Nigel Farage and Clacton MP Douglas Carswell met this afternoon as they try to iron out their differences about how to spend £650,000 of taypayers' money that they're entitled to.

Mr Carswell was approached by Ukip officials earlier this week and asked to spend the party's 'short money' on recruiting 15 new members of staff.

However, he rejected the proposal and insisted that it was inappropriate to spend so much on just one parliamentary office.

Now, Ukip have confirmed that the pair have been in discussions today regarding the disagreement.

"Nigel Farage met with Douglas Carswell this afternoon and there's ongoing discussion about how best to represent four million Ukip voters in a way that is sensible and correct."

– UKIP statement
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