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MP egged as he urges Scottish voters to say 'no'

Hecklers following Glasgow MP Jim Murphy on his 'Better Together' tour of Scotland took things one step further today, hurling eggs at him as he spoke.

Labour MP Mr Murphy is on a 100-day tour of 100 towns and cities, taking to high streets up and down the country to stand on his two irn-bru crates and spread his message urging people to vote against Scottish Independence.

In recent weeks and days he's been getting a rough time in certain place by some Yes supporters.

A group of independence supporters have been routinely turning up and trying to drown Jim out and challenge him on what he is saying.

Today in Kirkcaldy, the shouting and jeering went one step further and ended with him being egged.

He is said to be fine after being struck and is taking it in good spirits.

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Hague: Carswell defection 'totally counter-productive'

William Hague has said Douglas Carswell's decision to defect to Ukip is "totally counter-productive" because only the Conservatives can offer the public a choice on EU membership.

The Leader of the Commons said: "It's a totally counterproductive thing to do, of course, because the only chance of real change in Europe, the only chance of having a referendum where people can decide to say in the EU or leave the EU is having a Conservative government."

William Hague said only the Tories could offer voters a choice on EU membership.
William Hague said only the Tories could offer voters a choice on EU membership.

Backbench Tory MP Mark Pritchard agreed with Mr Hague, saying Mr Carswell had made an "error of judgment" that would end up helping Labour in the 2015 general election.

Read: Carswell plans Westminster 'shake up' after defection

Carswell plans Westminster 'shake up' after defection

Defecting Conservative MP Douglas Carswell says he want to "shake up" the Westminster "clique" with his move to Ukip.

Carswell said the Conservatives' failure to take a stand against the European Union was at the heart of his decision.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:

Miliband: Carswell defection shows 'divided' Tories

Ed Miliband has tweeted that Douglas Carswell's defection show the Conservatives are "too divided to stand up for hard-working families".

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Douglas Carswell’s defection is not just a blow to David Cameron. It shows the Tory Party too divided to stand up for hard-working families

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

Local party: Carswell defection a 'bolt from the blue'

A senior Tory in Douglas Carswell's Clacton constituency has said news of his defection to Ukip has come as a "bolt from the blue".

Mick Page, the leader of Tendring District Council, which covers Clacton said: "That's come as a shock - a bolt from the blue."

Speaking to the Press Association he added: "We always thought he was a Conservative very much against Europe but we thought he would work within the party to achieve his aims. As far as I'm aware the Conservative association had no warning of this."

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

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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'

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 only Westminster MP.

Read: Clacton MP announces Ukip defection

Clacton MP announces Ukip defection

The 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.

Douglas Carswell announcing his defection to Ukip at a press conference.
Douglas Carswell announcing his defection to Ukip at a press conference.

Read: Nigel Farage selected to stand for Parliament

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