George Osborne has labelled the defection of Douglas Carswell to Ukip as "regrettable and counter-productive".
Speaking in Brighton today, the Chancellor said that the best way to secure a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union was to have a Conservative government after the next election.
"That's the choice people are going to face, whether it's at the by-election in Clacton or at the general election next year," Mr Osborne said.
More top news
British bank holidays are infamous for literally being wet weekends, and sadly the current good weather is set to worsen.
US President Donald Trump criticised other Nato countries for making what he referred to as "chronic underpayments" for defence spending.
The armed officers aim to be "unpredictable and widespread across the network" with the terror level critical after the Manchester blast.