Douglas Carswell: Why I won’t call a by-election
On the Sunday Politics, the Clacton MP said: ‘I’m not submitting myself to the authority, to the whip of a new party. If I was doing so then quite rightly, as I did previously, I would feel obliged to trigger a by-election.’ And anyway, he said, he’d consulted 20,000 constituents by email and had ‘a huge number of responses back’ and ‘all but a handful were overwhelmingly supportive’.
Asked if he would run in 2020 as a Tory, he didn’t rule it out, saying he felt ‘pretty comfortable with being independent’ but added: ‘let’s wait and see.’ Carswell couldn’t resist a sly dig at his former leader (whom he trashes in his recent book), noting that there had been several by-elections where Nigel has had the opportunity to contact the electorate and those ‘didn’t always go according to plan’.
Nigel Farage: Carswell should call a by-election
Interviewed on Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Nigel Farage rejoiced at the news that Douglas Carswell had resigned from Ukip and declared that he had ‘wanted to kick him out back in 2015’, claiming that the MP ‘never ever believed in the principles that Ukip stood for’. He also challenged him to call another by-election, saying:
‘This a guy who also sells himself as being very honourable and different from anybody else. One of his big crusades in Parliament has been recall, real recall. The way he himself has said it is that if 20 percent of constituents want a by-election they should have one. So what we are going to do, to show how honourable he is, we are going to write through the Electoral Reform Society to every house in Clacton and ask people whether they want him, as he’s moved, to stand for a by-election.’
Amber Rudd: WhatsApp cannot be allowed to provide a ‘hiding place for terrorists’
Speaking on the Andrew Marr Show, the Home Secretary announced that it is ‘completely unacceptable’ that terrorists should be able to hide behind encrypted channels of communication such as WhatsApp.