Member of Parliament for Clacton

Douglas Carswell

23 JAN 2014

After Osbrown: what is wrong with monetary policy and what we need to do to fix it

Douglas' paper on monetary policy was published in January 2014. Click here to download a copy 


30 DEC 2013

In Parliament: Political reform

Your local MP has consistently campaigned for change in Westminster - and 2013 was no different. In January, he asked the Prime Minister about using open primaries to ensure that everyone had a say over who represented them in Parliament. In June, Douglas challenge the Prime Minister again during ...


30 DEC 2013

In Parliament: Against the Gagging Bill / For press freedom

Douglas believes that people should be trusted to make the right choices for themselves.  He is against big government, and nannying, officious state intervention in people's lives.  That is why he has consistently opposed both the Gagging Bill, and attempts by ministers to curb...


30 DEC 2013

In Parliament: Energy policy

Many local households in Essex are struggling to pay the heating bill. Pensioners, and those on fixed incomes, have been hit particularly hard. Part of the reason for the increase in energy costs is the so-called "renewable energy" agenda, pursued by successive governments. Rather than allow...


30 DEC 2013

Action in 2013: Improving Clacton

To improve our town, we need to help those who want to get on in life.  In 2013, Douglas supported a number of initiatives to do just that: Bringing in business: Instead of making things difficult for shoppers in our town centre, we ought to encourage them. Tendring Council now prov...


30 DEC 2013

In Parliament: Syria

Douglas opposed military action against Syria and helped force the government to come to its senses over the summer. "The government initially drafted a motion intended to authorise military strikes against Syria. I made it clear that I would not support that" explains Douglas.   "Minis...


30 DEC 2013

In Parliament: Immigration

Douglas recently delivered a petition to 10 Downing Street, calling on the Prime Minister to take action to prevent large numbers of unskilled EU migrants arriving from Bulgaria and Romania. He also spoke in a recent debate in Parliament, and put his name to a motion to amend the Immigration Bill. ...


30 DEC 2013

In Parliament: Campaign to get Britain out of the EU

"At the last election, I promised to go to Westminster to argue for an In / Out referendum. 2013 saw a massive break through. "In January, David Cameron committed to holding an In / Out referendum in 2017. Then a few weeks ago, the House of Commons voted to make the 2017 referendum law. This cou...


30 DEC 2013

Action in 2013: A better deal for Jaywick

Jaywick has had a raw deal for too long. Tens of millions of pounds of public money has been poured into Jaywick in the past, but somehow it does not seem to actually improve Jaywick. Here are three concrete steps Douglas took in 2013 to try to ensure we get a better deal for Jaywick: Planning: ...


30 DEC 2013

Action in 2013: Better broadband

Passionate about the internet, and how it is changing Britain for the better, over the past year Douglas has been working to help ensure that everyone in our part of Essex has access to fast broadband. In 2013, it was announced that superfast coverage is about to be increased so that it covers almo...


30 DEC 2013

Action in 2013: Ambulance responses

After local people expressed concerns about ambulance response times, Douglas took up the issue. As well as raising individual cases directly with the ambulance trust, Douglas has met with officials to press for improvements. "I believe there had been a failure to deploy ambulances properly w...


30 DEC 2013

Action in 2013: School standards

Too many local schools in Tendring are in special measures, and too many other local schools are only satisfactory, when they ought to be good. Douglas visited most local schools in 2013 – often several times – in order to be supportive and find out what can be done to raise standards. ...


30 DEC 2013

Action in 2013: supporting the Columbine statue project

In August 2014, one hundred years after the outbreak of World War I, a statue of local hero, Herbert Columbine VC will be unveiled in Walton. Sculpted by John Doubleday, the project was masterminded by Michael Turner, who sadly died a few weeks ago. Douglas is a supporter of this project, and...


30 DEC 2013

Action in 2013: Knife crime

2013 saw far too many incidents in Clacton involving knives. In July, Douglas outlined several steps that he felt needed to be taken by the police and criminal justice system to deal with knife crime: Firstly, the police need to use stop and search powers in certain parts of Clacton at certain tim...


30 DEC 2013

Action in 2013: Potholes

Douglas doesn't just focus on what is happening nationally.  He gets involved in fixing local problems too. Early in 2013, after a long, cold winter many local roads were in a terrible state.  Responding to local concerns about potholes, local MP Douglas Carswell hit upon a novel solutio...


30 DEC 2013

Action in 2013: Sea defences

2013 saw big progress regarding sea defences, with a £36 million new scheme signed off for Holland-on-Sea. Work begins this coming year! Douglas took up the issue soon after becoming MP, and has regularly raised the issue on behalf of local people. "Three cheers to Tendring Counci...


30 DEC 2013

Action in 2013: GP surgeries

Far too many local people cannot get to see a GP when they need to. At the same time, many local GPs are under enormous pressure. Douglas is acutely aware of these problems, believes local people are right to speak out – and has taken action to try to get the problem fixed. In the summer, D...


25 JUN 2007

The Localist Papers: 6. Democratic Diplomacy

Sixth paper by Douglas being serialised in the Daily Telegraph as part of Direct Democracy's Localist Papers Daily Telegraph Monday June 25th Page 14 In the sixth and last of our Think Local series, in association with Direct Democracy and the Centre for Policy Studies, Daniel Hannan and Douglas Ca...


18 JUN 2007

The Localist Papers: 5. Local Welfare

Fifth paper by Douglas being serialised in the Daily Telegraph as part of Direct Democracy's Localist Papers Daily Telegraph Monday June 18th Page 14 Let's devolve social security The welfare state has proved intractable to reform. In the fifth of our Think Local series, in association with Direct ...


15 JUN 2007

The Localist Papers: 4. Send for the Sheriff

Fourth paper by Douglas being serialised in the Daily Telegraph as part of Direct Democracy's Localist Papers Daily Telegraph Monday June 11, 2007 Our police fill out forms. Sheriffs fight crime By Daniel Hannan and Douglas Carswell A think tank recently surveyed a series of constabularies to a...


04 JUN 2007

The Localist Papers: 3. The Local Environment

Third paper by Douglas being serialised in the Daily Telegraph as part of Direct Democracy's Localist Papers Daily Telegraph Monday June 4, 2007 Page 22 Saving the planet is too important to be left to the Left Why should environmentalism be left to the Left? Aren't conservatives, as the etymology s...


28 MAY 2007

The Localist Papers: 2. Neighbourhood Education

Second paper by Douglas being serialised in the Daily Telegraph as part of Direct Democracy's Localist Papers Daily Telegraph Monday May 28, 2007 Page 4 In the second week of our series we tackle education, arguing that parents should have a legal right to claim the cost of their child's educati...


21 MAY 2007

The Localist Papers: 1. Open Politics

Policy ideas by Douglas serialised in the Daily Telegraph. The Direct Democracy group of young MPs contribute their ideas Daily Telegraph Monday May 21, 2007 Page 16 Today The Daily Telegraph, in association with Direct Democracy, begins a six-week series that seeks your views on how to return p...


01 MAR 2007

More Bang for our Buck: re-thinking defence

Article that first appeared on ConservativeHome.com Des Browne's departure from the Ministry of Defence, when it eventually happens, will do little to solve its underlying failures. Regardless of which Minister happens to be serving as the department’s mouthpiece, the MoD is institutional...


15 FEB 2007

A better alternative to school vouchers?

School vouchers are often viewed as the best way to empower parents. Is there a better way? click here to download file


04 DEC 2006

Axe the Human Rights nonsense

Douglas issues a minority report that defies the Human Right establishment Local MP, Douglas Carswell, has used his position on the Parliamentary committee on Human Rights to call for the abolition of ludicrous Human Rights laws. The Human Rights Committee is dominated by the Human Rights esta...


01 OCT 2006

Essay in Forward Magazine

Read Douglas' influential essay on modern Conservatism on-line Direct Democracy: modernisation and the rebirth of Tory radicalism What is the Conservative Party for? Is our purpose, as our name implies, to preserve the old, the tried and the tested? Or, are we here to change things? For muc...


25 JAN 2006

Regional government is wrong

Ask a dozen readers of the East Anglian Daily Times “where do you come from?” and you are likely to get twelve different answers; “Essex” perhaps, or “Colchester” or “Clacton” or maybe even “East Anglia”. But the one reply that you can ...


01 OCT 2005

Financial Times article

Could a local sales tax replace the existing and unfair system of local government finance? In a recent article for the Financial Times, Douglas asks if a local sales tax would provide a fairer system than the failing and unfair council tax system. click here to download file ...


08 AUG 2005

Direct Democracy - empowering people to make their lives better

The first of two books written under this title and published in 2002 for C-change, the modernising think-tank. An early paper on the "new localism", this paper advocates a radical decentralisation of power away from remote and unaccountable elites in Whitehall and Brussels, down to individual p...


23 JUN 2005

Direct Democracy - An Agenda for a New Model Party

Douglas' second publication by this title, this refines many of the ideas in Douglas' earlier publications. Direct Democracy - Agenda for a New Model Party was published on 13 June 2005, to promote change and renewal within Conservative politics in Britain. Douglas co-authored this publicatio...


08 JUN 2005

Cutting crime is straightforward. Step one is to send for the sheriff

Telegraph Article After a third successive election defeat the Conservatives are searching for a policy direction that will make them more acceptable to the country. For some of their brightest young minds the answer lies in what has become known as The New Localism. Their belief is that voters...


07 JUN 2005

How patients and parents can halt the decline in our hospitals and schools

Daily Telegraph Article After a third successive election defeat the Conservatives are searching for a policy direction that will make them more acceptable to the country. For some of their brightest young minds the answer lies in what has become known as The New Localism. Their belief is that ...


06 JUN 2005

Reviving local democracy in Britain will restore pride to our communities.

Telegraph Article After a third successive election defeat the Conservatives are searching for a policy direction that will make them more acceptable to the country. For some of their brightest young minds the answer lies in what has become known as The New Localism. Their belief is that voters...


06 JUN 2005

Putting power back in the hands of the people

Daily Telegraph Article Three times, the Conservatives have suffered calamitous defeats. After the collapses of 1997 and 2001, they tried to ask some searching questions about what to do next, but on both occasions they became distracted by questions that, although of consuming interest to thei...


06 JUN 2005

Parish politics may be key to success

Daily Telegraph Article After a third successive election defeat the Conservatives are searching for a policy direction that will make them more acceptable to the country at large. For some of their brightest young minds the answer lies in what has become known as The New Localism. Their beli...


07 MAY 2005

Paying for Localism

Published by the Adam Smith Institute in 2004, receiving coverage in the national press. In "Paying for Localism", Douglas argues for a new system of local government finance that would make town halls self-financing. Douglas proposes replacing VAT with a local sales tax, set and collected l...



Latest news

18 NOV 2014

Douglas visits excellent local care home

Corner House Care Home in Wash Lane, Clacton invited Douglas for an afternoon of bingo, tea and biscuits. Douglas chatted to local...


04 NOV 2014

Benefit migration? What benefit migration, says minister

The minister for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, yesterday denied that benefit migration was happening in Clacton. Challenged by...


22 JUL 2014

MP holds meeting to discuss Clacton hospital

Douglas Carswell has held a meeting with local NHS bosses to discuss the future of Clacton hospital. "After various changes to local...


23 JUN 2014

Network Rail taken to task for endless cockups

"Enough is enough" says Douglas Carswell about the appalling delays to local rail services. He has now written as the local MP to the...


16 JUN 2014

Douglas visits local British Heart Foundation shop

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, was delighted to meet the group at the British Heart Foundation in the seaside area of Clacton-on-Sea on 13...


16 JUN 2014

Knife Crime: MP backs plan to introduce harsher penalties for those carrying knives

Local MP Douglas Carswell will back an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill tomorrow calling for tougher penalties for those...


16 JUN 2014

Douglas speaks to Clacton Bereaved Group

A local Clacton group set up to support the bereaved invited the local MP to their coffee morning. Mary Powell, who set up the group...


02 JUN 2014

Douglas meets local rail user group

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, met the local Rail Users Association, On Track, at the Methodist Church Hall in Frinton on Saturday. "Local...


19 MAY 2014

Train disruption "unacceptable" - says Douglas

Monday morning train service cancellations today were unacceptable, says local MP, Douglas Carswell. He has now written to Abellio Greater...


19 MAY 2014

Holland on Sea Spring Fayre

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, opened the Tendring Specialist Stroke Services Spring Fayre - wielding a giant pair of scissors to cut the...


15 MAY 2014

Gazette column

Some people say Clacton, and our part of Essex, are in decline. Clacton's glory days, they tell us, ended when Butlin's shut in 1983, and...


06 MAY 2014

Clacton unemployment falls

The number of 18-24 year olds claiming Jobseekers' Allowance in Clacton is down 23.5% on this time last year. "I know how frustrating it...


06 MAY 2014

Shoeburyness explosions - MP gets a result

Bangs and rumbles from the Shoeburyness site have been distubing Clacton and Frinton residents for years. Local MP, Douglas Carswell, has...


06 MAY 2014

Help for Heroes in Clacton

On Saturday, Help for Heroes sold hundreds of cakes on Christmas Tree Island in the centre of Clacton to raise funds for injured...


06 MAY 2014

Douglas shows Jeremy Hunt local petition

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, handed in the petition about local maternity services direct to the health minister, Jeremy Hunt. "Our superb...


29 APR 2014

St Philomena's come to Westminster

The school council from St Philomena's Catholic School in Frinton today visited the Houses of Parliament, accompanied by their local MP,...


29 APR 2014

Petition to Jeremy Hunt

Clacton's MP, Douglas Carswell, is due to hand over a petition signed by almost 2,000 local people to Health Minister, Jeremy...


22 APR 2014

Douglas meets St George

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, had a run in with St George at the Frinton Triangle. The event, organised by the Frinton Rotary Club at the...


14 APR 2014

"Many hands make light work" campaign for street lighting

Local MP Douglas Carswell has launched his "Many Hands Make Light Work" initiative to get certain key street lights switched on at...


07 APR 2014

Frinton patient group meets MP to discuss concerns

Douglas Carswell attended a meeting of the Caradoc Surgery Patient Participation Group last Friday with over sixty local residents. Douglas...


01 APR 2014

MP raises maternity unit in Parliament

Clacton MP, Douglas Carswell, has raised local concerns about the future of the maternity unit in Clacton hospital directly with...


18 MAR 2014

Carswell ramps up pressure on the Chancellor

With the Government's annual budget statement due tomorrow, Douglas has been putting pressure on the Chancellor to reduce the cost of living...


10 MAR 2014

Zac Goldsmith helps launch MPs local EU referendum initiative.

Douglas Carswell is helping give local residents a say on whether Britain should leave the EU. He is distributing thousands of local...


10 MAR 2014

Street light controversy: MP Douglas calls for some common sense

Essex county council has made a decision to switch off many street lights in Clacton between 12 midnight and 5am. The move recently came...


03 MAR 2014

Gazette Column

Many Gazette readers are concerned about local GP services. There is particular anxiety about the Caradoc surgery in Frinton, as well as...


25 FEB 2014

Action on petrol prices in Tendring

Douglas Carswell has written to the Competition Commission about petrol prices in Clacton and Tendring. He would like the Competition...


25 FEB 2014

Initiative to tackle long-term unemployment in Clacton

Clacton has been named as one of only six areas in the UK being targeted in a new government scheme to tackle the causes of long-term...


10 FEB 2014

Concerns about GP services in Frinton and Walton ¬– MP takes action

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, has asked for a meeting with local NHS bosses to discuss GP provision in Frinton and Walton. "Over 900 people...


06 FEB 2014

Gazette column

Even though unemployment is falling in our part of Essex, I know how difficult it can be for some folk ‚Äď especially younger people ‚Äď...


03 FEB 2014

Unemployment in Clacton falls by 17%

Good news! The number of unemployed claimants in the Clacton constituency has fallen by 17% since 2012. In December 2013 there were 1,974...


27 JAN 2014

New data shows tough action needed to tackle crime in Clacton

New data reveals that a significant number of ex-offenders are coming to Clacton on their release from Chelmsford prison. Local MP, Douglas...


20 JAN 2014

MP takes action for Jaywick

The "insulating Jaywick" scheme meant many local homes in Jaywick and Brooklands were insulated using money provided by energy...


30 DEC 2013

End of Year Report

Dear Neighbour, Please find below my end of year Report as your local MP.  It highlights some of the things I did in 2013 to improve...


23 DEC 2013

Tendring singled out for praise in Parliament.

During a Commons debate just before the Christmas recess, local MP, Douglas Carswell spoke of how well Tendring district council and Essex...


16 DEC 2013

Carswell presses Home Secretary on stop and search to tackle Clacton knife crime

Douglas Carswell today asked the Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, about police stop and search powers being used to tackle knife crime in...


13 DEC 2013

Carswell Column in the Clacton Gazette

Last week thousands of local people were evacuated from their homes. The tidal surge along the Essex coast came within a few inches of...


03 DEC 2013

Action to improve GP services

Many local residents are concerned about GP services. One particular problem has been the difficulty some people have had in getting an...


02 DEC 2013

EU immigration - Carswell delivers petition to Downing Street

Local MP Douglas Carswell has delivered a petition to 10 Downing Street, calling on the Prime Minister to take action to prevent large...


25 NOV 2013

Douglas takes action over Bulgarian and Romanian migration

Clacton MP, Douglas Carswell, is seeking to amend the Immigration Bill, to halt the influx of migrants from Romania and Bulgaria.  If voted...


31 OCT 2013

Ellie's week in Westminster

A-level student, Ellie Dodds from Frinton, spent a week in Westminster working for local MP, Douglas Carswell. "I've always been intrigued...


29 OCT 2013

Carswell pushes for better broadband

"In the nineteenth century, prosperity meant being connected by rail. Last century, it meant roads. In future, prosperity means being...


28 OCT 2013

Unemployment falls in Clacton

Unemployment in Clacton has fallen to 5.9% this September, down on last September's figure of 6.8%. Furthermore, it has dropped by nearly...


15 OCT 2013

Too many local patients get a raw deal

Some local GP surgeries are in danger of closing. Others are forced to rely on locums. Many folk ‚Äď particularly the elderly ‚Äď tell me...


07 OCT 2013

Tendring needs more doctors!

Our part of Essex needs more GPs, says Douglas Carswell. Last month, health minister Jeremy Hunt said that he had "asked Health Education...


17 SEP 2013

'Insulating Jaywick'- Local MP demands answers

The 'Insulating Jaywick' scheme seems to have come to a sudden halt and many Jaywick residents are demanding answers. Local MP Douglas...


11 SEP 2013

Jeremy Hunt meets local GPs to discuss issues over local services

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, today led a delegation of Tendring GPs to meet health minister, Jeremy Hunt. During an hour long discussion at...


19 AUG 2013

Local residents help MP fix problem potholes

Responding to local concerns about potholes, local MP Douglas Carswell his upon a novel solution. He asked thousands of local people to help...


23 JUL 2013

Action on knife crime- UPDATE

There have been a series of local incidents involving knife crime in Clacton. Local MP, Douglas Carswell, has been pressing the police for a...


22 JUL 2013

Angela Lloyd has a Big Heart ¬– it¬’s official!

Last Christmas domiciliary care company Primary Care UK made a public plea for everyone to spare a thought for their neighbour, especially...


25 JUN 2013

¬“We need to focus on local school standards¬” ¬– Douglas Carswell MP

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, is putting the focus on local school standards. Details of the standards in every local school in Tendring can...


20 JUN 2013

Gazette column ¬– June 2013

In Westminster it seems there are no prizes for being right first. Less than two years ago, I helped mobilise support in Parliament for an...


03 JUN 2013

New legal rights for Clacton park home residents

New legal rights will give local Clacton park home residents greater protection from unscrupulous site owners, "Your home is your home"...


11 MAR 2013

Action on ambulances

After listening to local concerns about ambulance services in Clacton, Frinton and Walton, Douglas Carswell, the local MP, has met with...


04 MAR 2013

Douglas Carswell MP welcomes proper recognition for WWII heroes

Douglas Carswell, MP for Clacton-on-Sea has welcomed the Government's announcement that World War II war heroes who served on the Arctic...


22 NOV 2012

Clacton's MP, Douglas Carswell, has secured a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament on knife crime

The debate, due on Tuesday November 27th at 14:30, will see the Gazette's 'Lives Not Knives' put firmly on the top of the political agenda...


07 NOV 2012

Clacton Rotary Club Visits the House of Commons

Clacton Rotary Club recently visited the House of Commons and met Douglas Carswell, their local Member of Parliament. Douglas very much...


06 NOV 2012

Action over ambulance concern

Local residents are concerned about local ambulance services. "I've been contacted by a number of local people who are really concerned...


16 OCT 2012

Douglas supports local supermarket campaign

Staff at Sainsbury's have taken the initiative to support the Million Meals Appeal to help support vulnerable people, including local people...


16 OCT 2012

Lives not knives

There have been a number of crimes involving knives in Clacton recently.  Douglas is helping ensure an effective response.  As well as...


12 OCT 2012

Local history in St James, Clacton

Douglas recently met the local Victoria County History group at St James Hall in Clacton. The event was attended by hundreds of local...


13 AUG 2012

Douglas secures super-fast broadband for Tendring villages

Telecommunications provider BT has decided to extend their broadband upgrade to Kirby-le-Soken, Kirby Cross and Great...


10 JUL 2012

PC Dibell

"Like many local people in Clacton, I was shocked to hear about the murder of off-duty police officer, PC Dibell yesterday" said Douglas...


26 JUN 2012

Douglas wins fuel tax victory for local people

The Government will not go ahead with its planned 3p-a-litre rise in fuel duty in August, Chancellor George Osborne announced today. The...


25 JUN 2012

Douglas comes out fighting against 3p increase in Fuel Duty

¬†"The Government needs to think again about the August 3p rise in fuel duty‚ÄĚ, warned Douglas Carswell today. ‚ÄúThe cost of living is...


13 JUN 2012

Douglas asks the Heath Secretary about promised Dialysis Unit

On Tuesday’s Question Time in the House of Commons, Douglas Carswell MP asked Health Secretary Andrew Lansley about the new Dialysis Unit...


21 MAY 2012

Douglas takes action to defeat Caravan Tax

On Monday, Douglas Carswell MP signed Early Day Motion 31, which opposes the proposed changes to a higher VAT rate on static caravans. The...


24 APR 2012

Douglas celebrates St. George's Day

On Monday, Douglas Carswell MP attended a parliamentary reception in celebration of St. George’s Day. The reception, hosted by the Royal...


04 APR 2012

Douglas opens new Barclays branch in Clacton

Barclays’ new branch at 27 Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, was officially opened by Douglas Carswell MP on Friday 23 March. The new branch...


28 MAR 2012

Clacton Sports Club secures £50,000 grant

On Friday 23 March, Douglas Carswell MP visited Clacton Sports Club to hand over a cheque of £50,000 from the Inspired Facilities...


13 MAR 2012

Douglas visits 'Messy Church'

On Friday 7 March, Douglas Carswell MP visited ‚ÄėMessy Church‚Äô at St Mary‚Äôs Parish Church in Frinton.¬†Messy Church is an event that...


31 JAN 2012

Tendring Council leads the way, says Minister

‚ÄúWhere Tendring Council leads, I am happy to follow‚ÄĚ declared Minister Eric Pickles. Yesterday during question time in the Commons,...


10 JAN 2012

Douglas demands action on heating costs

Runaway costs of heating and energy are hurting pensioners and those on fixed incomes. Clacton’s MP, Douglas Carswell, has pressed...


09 JAN 2012

The Carswell Column

By: Douglas Carswell for the Clacton Gazette Merry Christmas everyone!  Merry Christmas to every Gazette reader!  I hope you have a...


08 DEC 2011

Douglas supports late-night volunteers

   Local MP, Douglas Carswell, has welcomed the latest citizens’ initiative where a group of volunteers will patrol the...


07 NOV 2011

Battle won to keep driving tests in Clacton

  The campaign to retain driving tests in Clacton has been won following a seven year battle....


26 OCT 2011

The Carswell Column

By: Douglas Carswell for the Clacton Gazette   Many local people have been in touch about...


19 OCT 2011

Speaking at People's Pledge congress

¬† On Saturday, Douglas will speak¬†at the¬†People‚Äôs Pledge Congress at Westminster Central Hall. The congress on ‚ÄėThe Euro zone crisis and the case for...


17 OCT 2011

Speaking at Coastal and Marine APPG

  On Monday, Douglas will be speaking on the Coastal and Marine APPG meeting at the Palace of Westminster. Mr. George, MP for West...


05 OCT 2011

Fish and Chips with Jeremy Hunt MP

  On Thursday, Douglas, together with Councillor Linda Mead, will be hosting a fish-and-chip supper at the Holland Public...


28 SEP 2011

Douglas attends Macmillan coffee morning

  On Friday, Douglas will be attending the Macmillan coffee morning, in the Frinton and Walton Masonic Hall,...


21 SEP 2011

Douglas addresses TENpag meeting

  On Wednesday, Douglas Carswell, Clacton’s MP, addressed the Tendring Pensioners’ Action Group (TENpag) at St...


29 JUN 2011

Sandcastles for William and Kate

  Tomorrow Douglas Carswell, Clacton’s MP, will be judging the efforts of construction professionals to build a palace fit...


22 JUN 2011

Douglas takes action for the Coastguard

  Clacton’s MP, Douglas Carswell, met with representatives of the Walton Coastguard to receive a petition to keep the...


13 JUN 2011

Give our Troops the Deal they Deserve

  Clacton’s MP Douglas Carswell has supported the British Legion’s campaign to ensure Armed forces personnel get the fair...


13 JUN 2011

Helping local businesses

  Last week Clacton’s MP, Douglas Carswell, visted Barclays in Clacton to learn more about the support they offer local...


06 JUN 2011

MP brings Clacton Together

  Clacton’s MP, Douglas Carswell, is taking the initiative by bringing all elected representatives from the town together...


01 JUN 2011

Protect the Greens

  This weekend Clacton’s MP, Douglas Carswell, visited the Clacton-on-Sea Bowling Club to learn more about the sport and...


31 MAY 2011

Skills in Tendring are a top priority

  Last week Douglas Carswell, Clacton’s MP, made a visit to the Tendring Skills Centre at Clacton Coastal Academy....


25 MAY 2011

A trip to the seaside

  Last Saturday Clacton’s MP, Douglas Carswell, spoke about the future of Clacton as a holiday resort at the Clacton and...


12 MAY 2011

Fish discard disgrace

  Following the success of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s fish fight campaign Clacton’s MP, Douglas Carswell, has helped...


27 APR 2011

Wedding Fever

  Douglas Carswell, Clacton’s MP, is looking forward to the Royal wedding. Douglas will be attending a celebratory buffet...


18 APR 2011

Tendring Breakfast Club

  Last Wednesday Clacton’s MP, Douglas Carswell, spoke at the monthly meeting of the Tendring Breakfast Club. “It was great...


13 APR 2011

Walton Coastguard

  This week Douglas Carswell, Walton’s MP, visited the Coastguard in Walton to discuss firsthand what the Governments...


12 APR 2011

Walk on the wild side

   This Saturday Douglas Carswell, Clacton’s MP, joined local residents when he opened the new petting zoo at Martello...


30 MAR 2011

Ireland and Portugal don't need another credit card

   Clacton’s MP Douglas Carswell has spoken out this week on Radio 4 against recent EU bailouts. Douglas is concerned that...


24 MAR 2011

Westminster flies the flag

The Palace of Westminster will start to fly the Union Jack permanently, following a campaign backed by Clacton MP, Douglas...


21 MAR 2011

Postcards of old Walton

  Last week Douglas Carswell, MP for Clacton, joined locals attending an exhibition of images old Walton on postcards to...


08 MAR 2011

Local planning decisions to be made by local people

  Clacton’s MP, Douglas Carswell, believes that local people should be making local planning decisions, not regional quangos...


17 FEB 2011

Action on Jaywick and West Clacton GP Services

  Jaywick’s MP, Douglas Carswell, has raised the issue of GP services with Ministers. “Local people in...


02 FEB 2011

How much crime is there where you live?

Local residents can now find out how many crimes and incidence of anti-social behaviour there are where they live. The new www.police.uk website...


17 JAN 2011

Douglas welcomes super-fast broadband for Frinton-on-Sea

  Local MP, Douglas Carswell, has welcomed BT’s recent announcement that over 9,500 premises in Frinton-on-Sea will be able to...


14 JAN 2011

Busy surgeries for local residents

Douglas has begun 2011 with a round of busy MP Advice Surgeries in Walton, Clacton and elsewhere in the constituency. Over the weeks...


08 DEC 2010

Douglas joins APPG on Coastal Erosion

  Local MP, Douglas Carswell, will be joining an All Party Parliamentary Group on Coastal Erosion, which he is helping to set...


22 NOV 2010

Douglas welcomes Korean Veterans Association to Westminster

  Last Monday, Douglas Carswell MP welcomed a group from the Clacton District Korean Veterans Association to...


15 NOV 2010

Compensation will be paid soon to Equitable Life policyholders

  From the outset, the Coalition Government has sought to deliver a quick and just resolution to Equitable Life’s...


15 OCT 2010

Members of the travelling community should have to obey planning laws

  Local MP, Douglas Carswell, has welcomed the Prime Minister’s comments during Prime Ministers Questions in the House of Commons...


29 SEP 2010

Douglas appears on Channel 4's Dispatches

  Last week, Douglas appeared on Channel 4’s Dispatches to discuss the failures of the Ministry of Defence budget. The...


21 SEP 2010

Douglas helps to launch Clacton branch of Essex Savers at Clacton Library

                                  Douglas helped to launch the...


20 SEP 2010

Douglas seeks to reform the banks

  Last week, Douglas introduced a Bill designed to reform the banking system and to prevent banks automatically treating...


13 SEP 2010

"Why have NHS management costs increased?" asks MP

  Figures show that management costs and consultancy fees for NHS North East Essex Primary Care Trust have soared over the...


02 SEP 2010

Frinton Literary Festival 2010

The Frinton Literary Festival will take place from Friday 24 - Sunday 26 September this year. Douglas says, “This...


30 AUG 2010

Good news about Green Flag Awards for local green spaces

Clacton Seafront and Marina Gardens and Crescent Garden in Frinton on Sea have been awarded Green Flags this year. “I am delighted...


29 JUL 2010

Douglas welcomes news of Big Lottery Fund grant for constituency charity Inclusion Ventures

  Douglas is delighted to hear news that Inclusion Ventures has been awarded a grant of £500,000 by the Big Lottery...


14 JUL 2010

Douglas welcomes St. Andrew's School from Weeley to Westminster

  Last week, Class 6 from St. Andrew’s School in Weeley came to visit the Houses of Parliament. During the tour, the class...


06 JUL 2010

Douglas welcomes development of Clacton Town Centre

  Douglas Carswell welcomes news of £325,000 improvement works for Pier Avenue South in Clacton on Sea.  ...


28 JUN 2010

Douglas: "It is time for Equitable Life policyholders to get the justice they deserve"

  Douglas welcomes the announcement by the Coalition Government that it will make fair payment to Equitable Life...


21 JUN 2010

Armed Forces Day commemorated in Clacton-on-Sea

  Douglas attended the specially commissioned hoisting of the flag outside Clacton Town Hall on June 21 to commemorate Armed Forces...


15 JUN 2010

Douglas supports proposal to regenerate Walton-on-the-Naze

  Local MP Douglas Carswell supports the recent report to regenerate Walton-on-the-Naze.   The report, paid...


07 MAY 2010

Douglas re-elected MP

Over half of voters backed Douglas as their MP in the May 2010 General Election.  The results were as follows: Conservative -...


23 MAR 2010

Action against cowboy clampers

Cowboy clampers demanding hundreds of pounds off local shoppers who park in the wrong place are a growing menace, says local MP, Douglas...


01 MAR 2010

Rising fuel bills a problem for older folk

Douglas Carswell asked the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change about the Government’s failure to ensure that people have...


15 FEB 2010

Gazette column

I was saddened to hear of the death of Roy Smith, one of Tendring’s longest serving district councillors. Roy served our...


01 FEB 2010

Shoeburyness explosions

A record number of local people are being disturbed by the Shoeburyness tremors. "Recent weeks have seen a barrage of loud bangs...


18 JAN 2010

Open Road gets my vote

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, presented a cheque to Clacton charity, Open Road.  Douglas donated his £200 prize money,...


06 JAN 2010

Briton of the Year

Local MP Douglas Carswell has been  nominated one of the "Briton's of the Year" by a national...


14 DEC 2009

Thorpe Christmas fair

Douglas joined hundreds of local residents in Thorpe-le-Soken for the late night shopping and Christmas fair. Thorpe high street has...


03 DEC 2009

Speaking to NFU

Douglas was invited to address the local branch of the National Union of Farmers.  The local branch AGM brought together farmers from...


16 NOV 2009

Douglas at the Ark

The Ark, which does so much to support children and families in Harwich, invited local MP, Douglas Carswell, for a visit. Douglas...


13 NOV 2009

Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year awards

Douglas has won The Spectator/Threadneedle Readers’ Representative Award 2009.  The award, which was presented by Boris...


09 NOV 2009

Remembrance Sunday in Clacton

Douglas Carswell MP joined hundreds of local people to mark Remembrance Sunday on the sea front. He laid a wreath at the War Memorial,...


05 NOV 2009

Gazette Column

The Carswell Column Who would you most trust to run your local library? Volunteers from a group like...


19 OCT 2009

Backing RNIB's local campaign

The Royal National Institute for the Blind launched their latest campaign in Walton-on-the-Naze - and local MP, Douglas Carswell,...


13 OCT 2009

Douglas introduces a Bill to make MPs properly accountable

Here is the text of Douglas Carswell's 10 Minute Rule Bill.  It is designed to ensure that MPs are all properly accountable to local...


12 OCT 2009

The Carswell column

If there is one single thing I would most like improved in our area, it is local health provision. There seems to be a...


28 SEP 2009

Kirby Cross coffee morning

Local Kirby Cross residents raised £749 for Macmillan Nurses at a coffee morning on Saturday. The event was held as a...


24 SEP 2009

Harwich port

Douglas attended to Harwich port local authority liaison committee, along with other locally elected councillors. "Harwich port is a...


21 SEP 2009

Clacton Gazette: The Carswell Column

The start of the new school year is a big event for local mums and dads, as well as children. All the more so when it...


19 SEP 2009

Clacton in the war

Victoria County History group launched their latest publication in St James church hall, Clacton yesterday.  Douglas was asked to...


19 SEP 2009

Citizens Advice Bureau AGM

There has now been a CAB operating in Tendring in one form or other for 70 years!  At the 70th AGM in the council chamber, Weeley,...


18 SEP 2009

Sent to the tower

The Naze Tower is one of Walton's iconic landmarks.  Built in 1703 as an early lighthouse, it is still standing - having been...


07 SEP 2009

Douglas at life boat launch in Walton

After years of careful restoration by the local Heritage Trust, the The James Stevens No. 14 life boat, which served...


30 AUG 2009

MP opens Frinton Music Festival

Frinton's MP, Douglas Carswell, was invited to launch the Frinton Music Festival - It's not cricket.  At the Frinton Cricket Club,...


29 AUG 2009

Mr and Mrs Nobody

The Frinton Theatre summer programme ended this weekend with the last performance of Mr & Mrs Nobody. Local MP, Douglas Carswell,...


05 AUG 2009

Weeley Women's Institute in Westminster

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, hosted the Weeley WI on a visit to the Houses of Parliament. About 30 members of the local WI...


28 JUL 2009

SureStart invites MP to learn more

Clacton's successful SureStart scheme invited local MP, Douglas Carswell, to learn more about the work of the...


27 JUL 2009

Jaywick Golden Oldies

Jaywick held a Golden Oldies competition at the annual Jaywick Summer Fayre on Saturday - and invited local MP, Douglas Carswell,...


20 JUL 2009

Douglas maintains pressure against Earls Hall wind turbines

    Government proposals to make it easier for the Earls Hall wind turbines to go ahead are a...


06 JUL 2009

Supporting Home Education

Harwich and Clacton MP, Douglas Carswell is taking action in Parliament to support Clacton Mums and Dads who opt to educate their...


29 JUN 2009

Green fingered in Frinton!

The Frinton and District Horticultural Society held their summer show at the Frinton Triangle on Saturday. There were lots...


25 JUN 2009

Council tax - helping older folk

Many older folk in the area are struggling to pay their council tax.  Could you be entitled to help? At a recent public event...


24 JUN 2009

Colchester hospital infection rates

Douglas put questions directly to the head of the NHS today at a hearing of the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament. David...


09 JUN 2009

Renal unit victory for Clacton

Plans for a renal unit to treat patients with kidney disease in Clacton have been approved....


08 JUN 2009

Expenses online

Douglas Carswell has led the way on Parliamentary accountability, putting details of the housing allowances he has claimed to do...


28 MAY 2009

NICO - a great Clacton success

NICO manufacturing is celebrating 50 years in Clacton.  The firm moved to the area before the war, and has been providing...


21 APR 2009

St George's Day

"It's time to put England first" urges local MP, Douglas Carswell.   With St George's Day due this Thursday, Douglas...


20 APR 2009

Frinton Gates

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, attended a public meeting on Saturday April 18th at the railway crossing in Frinton.  Along with hundreds...


14 APR 2009

Renal unit for Clacton "a victory"

News that Clacton may gets its own renal unit has been welcomed by local MP, Douglas Carswell. Douglas has been...


08 APR 2009

Douglas is a dad

Douglas Carswell, local MP for Clacton and Harwich, has become a father for the first time. Douglas and his wife...


10 MAR 2009

Local MP promoted

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, has just been promoted to the powerful Public Accounts Committee in Parliament. The...


03 MAR 2009

Federation of Small Businesses back MPs efforts

Harwich and Clacton Member of Parliament, Douglas Carswell, has been congratulated by Essex FSB (Federation of Small...


10 FEB 2009

Child tax credits

Local Mums and Dads are struggling to cope with the child tax credit system - says local MP, Douglas Carswell. "I'm seeing a...


09 FEB 2009

Action to help local businesses

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02 FEB 2009

Help the Aged

Douglas Carswell MP attended the Help the Aged open day at Stephenson Road in Clacton. Derrick Yap and Daniel Pearson of Help...


01 FEB 2009

St Paul's Action Day

Here are some of the 34 local people who were out delivering leaflets in St Paul's and St Mary's wards in Clacton-on-Sea on...


27 JAN 2009

Supporting Epilepsy Action in Tendring

Epilepsy Action Tendring invited Douglas Carswell to speak at their AGM held at Sam's Hall, Imperial House, Clacton. Douglas spoke...


21 JAN 2009

Local MP secures victory over government

At Prime Minister's Question Time today, local MP, Douglas Carswell, got Gordon Brown to retreat over attempts to make MPs expenses...


19 JAN 2009

Action Day in Clacton

                              Local people led by Stephen...


15 JAN 2009

Douglas meets Margaret Thatcher

 Local MP, Douglas Carswell, recently met Margaret Thatcher over dinner. Douglas says "Margaret Thatcher was a great leader. ...


15 JAN 2009

Crime Mapping - your right to know

Local people now have the ability to look at local crime information for themselves.  Known as "crime mapping", anyone...


13 JAN 2009

Question in Parliament on behalf of Frinton residents

Many Frinton residents are concerned about changes to the level crossing.  They approached their local MP, Douglas Carswell, and asked...


15 DEC 2008

Christmas calendar card to every home

View your copy of Douglas' calendar card

08 DEC 2008

Pensioners are my priority

"Tendring pensioners need government help to meet the high cost of heating" says local MP, Douglas Carswell. "Now we've had our...


26 NOV 2008

Prime Ministers Questions

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, is on the list of MPs due to ask the Prime Minister a question today.  With luck, he'll get the...


25 NOV 2008

Diabetes campaign support

Douglas Carswell MP recently met with Mrs Sarah Hearn and her daughter Jordan Hearn, a diabetes sufferer, at the House of...


31 OCT 2008

Harwich hospital campaign

Douglas Carswell MP for Clacton and Harwich was today handed a petition with over 2,700 signatures to give to Health Secretary...


30 OCT 2008

Royal Marines birthday dinner

Douglas Carswell attended the North-East Essex Royal Marine’s Association dinner on Tuesday evening. The dinner was in aid of the...


07 OCT 2008

MP back campaign to reduce immigration

Douglas Carswell has joined a cross party campaign to end uncontrolled immigration into Britain. Douglas says "With...


26 AUG 2008

Newsletter delivered to every home

Local people hear from Douglas Carswell all year round - not just at election time.  Douglas' regular newsletter will shortly...


19 AUG 2008

MP supports Federation of Small Business meeting in Holland-on-Sea

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, supported a meeting of the local Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) at the Kings Cliff Hotel, in...


05 AUG 2008

Local MP at the Essex International Scout Jamboree

  Local MP, Douglas Carswell, attended the Essex International Scout Jamboree held just outside Kirby-le-Soken. Over 10,000...


05 AUG 2008

Douglas officially opens Jaywick fayre

Jaywick's MP, Douglas Carswell, was the official guest at the Jaywick fayre on Saturday. He was invited to cut the ribbon...


08 JUL 2008

Local MP supports campaign to improve attainment levels of deaf children

Douglas Carswell MP is supporting the National Deaf Children’s Society’s (NDCS) campaign to close the attainment gap that exists...


08 JUL 2008

MP welcomes sea defence work

"About time, too!" Douglas Carswell MP has welcomed the news that work will begin to repair Holland-on-Sea's battered sea...


23 JUN 2008

Train services "a joke"

Douglas Carswell MP has written to the Transport Minister to express local people's anger at the appalling failure of...


23 JUN 2008

Where is the local treatment?

Clacton's MP, Douglas Carswell, was presented with a petition signed by hundreds of local health campaigners wanting local kidney...


27 MAY 2008

Government policy is harming Clacton-on-Sea

  Clacton's MP, Douglas Carswell, has spoken out about the unfair new gambling laws for family amusement arcades - which are...


27 MAY 2008

Teach young people about the Holocaust, says Douglas

We need to teach young people about the Holocaust, says Douglas Douglas Carswell MP has helped table an Early Day Motion in...


27 MAY 2008

What is happening with our sea walls?

What is being done to save the the sea wall in Holland-on-Sea? That is the question that local MP, Douglas Carswell, put to top...


13 MAY 2008

Tendring Way

Local horse riders are throwing their support behind the idea of a new bridleway for Tendring. The so-called Tendring Way would...


13 MAY 2008

Bus passes from 9am - Pensioners want a decision now

Local pensioners are demanding that the local council let them use their bus passes from 9am - rather than 9:30am, as at...


29 APR 2008

Our council needs to listen to us - say Hollie and her friends

Hollie Bregan, 8, and her friends, are campaigning for improved play facilities for children their age in Frinton Park. They recently...


29 APR 2008

Clacton veteran gets his Badge

Long-serving Clacton veteran, Gordon Capie, got some recognition for his many years of service in the RAF. The Ministry of Defence...


25 APR 2008

The Mail on Sunday article - 'Speaker Martin Must Go'

No other MP's have been willing to speak out. I'm told it's "just not cricket". Well I'm trying to represent my constituents, not play...


22 APR 2008

MP opens care home

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, and Cllr Mary Bragg helped offically opened Corner Lodge Residential Care Home's new conservatory. The care...


02 APR 2008

Constituency report

Read your local MPs latest report on-line below Douglas is directly accountable to local people. His regular report on what he is...


11 MAR 2008

MP welcomes Walton Post Office rescue bid

Walton's MP, Douglas Carswell, has weighed in to support efforts to secure Walton's Post Office. Last week, Essex County Council confirmed...


11 MAR 2008

MP digs in at Rush Green allotment

Local MP Douglas Carswell was given some top gardening tips at Rush Green allotments in Clacton. A keen gardener, Douglas heard...


05 MAR 2008

A12 concerns raised in Parliament

Douglas asks Minister to act Local MP, Douglas Carswell, raised concerns about the dangers of the A12 road in Parliament. There have been a...


25 FEB 2008

"More bridleways" says local MP

Douglas Carswell MP has met with local horse owners and riders to hear demands for more bridleways in Tendring. "Apparently, there are...


18 FEB 2008

Keep it local

MPs regular column in the local newspaper Gazette readers know all about the problems with both the brand new Bishops Park College and...


18 FEB 2008

Blog live

Douglas regularly posts comments on CentreRight.com Read his latest comment here: The internet and the rise of anti-politics We all...


16 FEB 2008

Blog Live - Sharia-lite is wrong

Douglas regularly posts comments on CentreRight.com Read Douglas' latest comments on the Archbishop of Canterbury's call for sharia law...


04 FEB 2008

One in ten infected in local hospitals

MP exposes unacceptable infection rates Local MP, Douglas Carswell, has expressed his dismay over revelations that almost one in ten...


17 JAN 2008

Commons Diary

17 January 2008 Douglas' regular column in the Gazette and Standard Clementine and I wish everybody a very Happy New Year! We really...


15 JAN 2008

Douglas raises concerns about Bishops Park Closure

MP raises concerns about government's education failure during Commons debate Douglas Carswell MP took the government to task over its...


16 DEC 2007

MP weds

16 December 2007 Local MP marries Clementine Douglas Carswell married Clementine Bailey just before Christmas. The wedding took place...


19 NOV 2007

Commons Diary

Reflections on Remembrance Sunday and the week in Westminster.


13 NOV 2007

Help design MP's Christmas Card

Douglas Carswell wants you to help choose this year's card


12 NOV 2007

Douglas asks government to take action on sea defences

Douglas Carswell, local MP for Holland-on-Sea, has asked the Environment Minister "what steps will be taken to ensure that funding is...


23 OCT 2007

MP takes action to give PCSOs more consistent powers

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, this afternoon helped give the green light in Parliament to important legal changes that will ensure local...


22 OCT 2007

Save our Post Office meeting on Friday

Local residents invited to a meeting on Friday to protest against proposed Post Office closures There will be a meeting of local...


22 OCT 2007

Its official - there is no need to promote Polish or Urdu in Tendring

Government MInister confirms that there is no statutory requirement for local councils to provide public documents in languages other...


11 OCT 2007

Post Office closures - its stinks, says MP

Douglas tells government Ministers just how angry local people are over proposals to shut local Post Offices. Local MP Douglas...


09 OCT 2007

It's Plain English - says MP

Douglas steps up his Plain English campaign Clacton's MP has stepped up his campaign against local officialdom’s promoting of...


09 OCT 2007

Douglas demands answers

Douglas demands answers about the cost of the consultation over the future of the Peter Bruff ward. "What was the cost of consulting...


09 OCT 2007

Commons Diary with Douglas Carswell MP

 Douglas gives an insight into his busy Commons Diary. The highlight of my week was a visit to Colbayns High School. A group of young...


20 SEP 2007

MP Challenges "Politically Correct" Council

Tendring District Council local documents written in 8 different languages. Why does Tendring District Council make public documents...


13 SEP 2007

Peter Bruff ward will not close - says PCT

Action by Douglas prompts PCT response Local MP, Douglas Carswell, has been told by the local Primary Care Trust that the Peter Bruff...


04 SEP 2007

Douglas meets protesters on seafront

Douglas raises concerns about sea defnces in Holland-on-Sea Over 80 local residents gathered on Saturday on the sea-front in...


04 SEP 2007

Coming to a shopping centre near you...

Douglas now holds advice surgeries at local supermarkets and shopping centres Local MP, Douglas Carswell, now holds advice surgeries...


04 SEP 2007

Clacton shoppers demand more parking

Douglas meets with local retailers to highlight their concerns Local retailers in Clacton say that the town centre desperately needs...


20 AUG 2007

Douglas comes out fighting wind farm

Douglas demands a full public enquiry into Earls Hall wind farm Douglas Carswell has come out strongly against Earls Hall wind farm on...


13 AUG 2007

Douglas supports Clacton Art Club

Douglas attends the Art Club's summer barbecue Douglas Carswell has attended the Clacton Arts Club Summer barbecue. He joined members...


13 AUG 2007

Douglas demands action on sea defences

Douglas writes to the Prime Minister to call for more funding Douglas Carswell has written to Gordon Brown on behalf of his local...


24 JUL 2007

MP backs Warm Front scheme

Douglas has a warm cuppa and backs scheme to help older folk Douglas Carswell MP is urging local residents to apply to Warm Front to...


23 JUL 2007

Vandalism getting out of hand

Douglas speaks up after vandals strike - yet again Another week, and another set of beach huts have been vandalised. Over 70 huts have...


23 JUL 2007

Bishops Park College - Latest News

Clacton's MP raises questions in Parliament Clacton's MP, Douglas Carswell, has raised questions about Bishops Park College in...


19 JUL 2007

"Axe Human Rights law to keep us safe" says Human Rights MP

"Human rights law is preventing the government from dealing effectively with the threat from terror suspects", says Douglas Carswell MP,...


18 JUL 2007

Douglas at the Palace

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, was invited to tea at Buckingham Palace with his new fiancé, Clementine. Douglas says "We felt so pleased...


16 JUL 2007

MP tries again ... and again

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, took part in a friendly game of rugby at Twickenham last week - and scored three tries. Douglas says "I was...


10 JUL 2007

Bishop's Park Closure

"Appalling" - that is the verdict from local MP, Douglas Carswell, on hearing the news that the brand new Bishop's Park College is to...


05 JUL 2007

MP puts new Prime Minister on the spot

Less than a week after he became Prime Minister, local MP, Douglas Carswell, puts a question directly to Gordon Brown. As the Prime...


05 JUL 2007

Harwich U3A visit House of Commons

Harwich's University of the Third Age visited the House of Commons today. A group of over 40 local residents from Harwich, Dovercourt...


02 JUL 2007

Douglas gets engaged

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, is due to marry Clacton's local MP Douglas Carswell has announced his engagement to Miss Clementine...


28 JUN 2007

Summer Newsletter

Read Douglas' newsletter online Local MP Douglas Carswell sends a personal copy of his local newsletter to each household in our area.

27 JUN 2007

Holocaust survivor visits Bishops Park College

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, visits Bishops Park College School Carswell attended to hear testimony from Holocaust survivor, Gena Turgel...


27 JUN 2007

Gazette - Commons Diary with Douglas Carswell MP

I have been busy in Parliament, and at my local Advice Surgeries, representing local people. My number one concern remains the Peter...


26 JUN 2007

Garden Grabbing reaches epidemic proportions in Tendring - says MP

Douglas Carswell MP has uncovered shocking new information about the scale of "garden grabbing" in Tendring. "Garden Grabbing" is the...


25 JUN 2007

The Localist Papers: 6. Democratic Diplomacy

Sixth paper by Douglas being serialised in the Daily Telegraph as part of Direct Democracy's Localist Papers Daily Telegraph Monday...


18 JUN 2007

The Localist Papers: 5. Local Welfare

Fifth paper by Douglas being serialised in the Daily Telegraph as part of Direct Democracy's Localist Papers Daily Telegraph Monday...


15 JUN 2007

The Localist Papers: 4. Send for the Sheriff

Fourth paper by Douglas being serialised in the Daily Telegraph as part of Direct Democracy's Localist Papers To read the actual paper,...


11 JUN 2007

MP puts council tax reform onto Parliament's agenda

  Abolish council tax and introduce a fairer way of paying for local services - that was MP Douglas Carswell's message to Minister...


11 JUN 2007

MP puts council tax reform onto Parliament's agenda

Abolish council tax and introduce a fairer way of paying for local services - that was MP Douglas Carswell's message to Minister during...


06 JUN 2007

MP raises local health concerns in Parliament

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, has raised questions about the future of local health provision in Tendring in Parliament News that...


05 JUN 2007

Alton Park children visit Parliament

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, showed a group of children from Alton Park school around the Houses of Parliament yesterday. The group of...


04 JUN 2007

Localist Papers: 3. The Local Environment

Third paper by Douglas being serialised in the Daily Telegraph as part of Direct Democracy's Localist Papers To read the actual Local...


28 MAY 2007

Localist Papers: 2. Neighbourhood Education

Second paper by Douglas being serialised in the Daily Telegraph as part of Direct Democracy's Localist Papers Daily Telegraph Monday May...


23 MAY 2007

Douglas attends Royal Artillery Association meeting

Douglas meets members of the Clacton branch of the Royal Artillery Association Clacton's MP, Douglas Carswell, yesterday met members of...


22 MAY 2007

Post office closure fears - MP responds

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, is trying to find out if the government is planning to close down our local post offices. Local MP, Douglas...


22 MAY 2007

Localist Papers: 1. Open Politics

Policy ideas by Douglas serialised in the Daily Telegraph. The Direct Democracy group of young MPs contribute their ideas Daily...


21 MAY 2007

Local MP starts a national debate

Clacton's MP begins a debate in the Daily Telegraph about the way that Britian is run - and how to fix our broken political...


17 MAY 2007

Letter in The Times

Localism, nationalism and the future of the Union Read Douglas' recent letter published in The Times: Sir, When David Aaronovitch...


15 MAY 2007

Vote to Curb War Powers

Douglas will vote to strengthen democratic control over government Douglas Carswell, will this week vote in Parliament to strengthen...


15 MAY 2007

Clacton's Voice Heard in Europe

Douglas invited to discuss Europe's future at Potsdam conference Douglas was last week invited to discuss Europe's future at a...


09 MAY 2007

Peter Bruff Ward, Clacton - MP Demands Answers

News that Clacton hospital may lose another ward has been met with dismay locally. The suggestion that Peter Bruff ward may be shut as a...


25 APR 2007

Tough questions on Britain's defence

MP demands answers Since returning from Afghanistan, local MP, Douglas Carswell, has asked searching questions about how our troops...


24 APR 2007

Action on illegal immigration

MP campaigns to end mass immigration Local MP for Harwich, Douglas Carswell, spent a shift with immigration officers in the port of...


24 APR 2007

Action on abuse of older people

Local MP champions the elderly Why are older people not better cared for in care homes? That is the question Douglas Carswell asked in...


08 APR 2007

Douglas in Afghanistan

Watch on ClactonTV.com Clacton's MP, Douglas Carswell, has been visiting our troops in Afghanistan. Douglas is taking part in the...


27 FEB 2007

TREE

Douglas supports TREE Douglas Carswell urges local people to do more to support Tendring Reuse and Employment Enterprise (TREE). After...


26 FEB 2007

Letter to the Prime Minister

Local MP demands Blair explains closures Local MP, Douglas Carswell, is so concerned about the state of the local NHS that he has...


30 JAN 2007

Jaywick Masterplan - No Compulsory Purchases

Douglas has obtained an assurance that the Jaywick regeneration plan will not mean any compulsory purchases for owner...


30 JAN 2007

Holocaust Memorial Day

Douglas joined local residents in marking Holocaust Memorial day in Clacton on Saturday. Douglas says "This is the first time that we...


30 JAN 2007

Clacton and Harwich hospitals - what is going on?

Douglas demands to know what plans there are for the future of Clacton and Harwich hospitals Douglas Carswell has demanded to know what...


30 JAN 2007

Clacton and Harwich hospitals - what is going on?

Douglas demands to know what plans there are for the future of Clacton and Harwich hospitals Douglas Carswell has demanded to know what...


25 JAN 2007

Sea defences collapse in Holland-on-Sea

Seawall collapse - government to blame says MP Local MP, Douglas Carswell, raised the issue of the crumbling sea coastal defences for...


22 JAN 2007

Douglas visits Royal Marines

Douglas visits Royal Marines training centre as part of the Parliamentary Armed Forces Scheme. Douglas Carswell, visited the Royal...


17 JAN 2007

Danger to Dovercourt dental services - warns Douglas

Douglas is highlighting the danger to local dental services. Douglas Carswell is highlighting the danger to local dental services....


17 JAN 2007

Colbayn's Community Centre wins the lottery

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, visited Colbayn's Community Centre in Clacton to congratulate them on being awarded £8,280 from the...


17 JAN 2007

Clacton Town Plan

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, would like to hear from any residents or visitors concerned about the town plan work being...


08 JAN 2007

Commons Diary - Standard

your MP writes in the local paper My best wishes to every local resident for 2007! The year just gone was an incredibly busy and...


08 JAN 2007

Commons Diary - Gazette

your MP writes in the local paper My best wishes to every local resident for 2007! The year just gone was an incredibly busy and...


04 DEC 2006

Axe Human Rights Law - demands Douglas

04 December 2006 MP defies Human Rights establishment Local MP, Douglas Carswell, has used his position on the Parliamentary committee...


22 NOV 2006

ClactonTV.com

Local MPs initiative a first ClactonTV.com is a new on-line TV service for people who are passionate about our local community. It is...


21 NOV 2006

Help find the best Indian restaurant in our community

Local MP, Douglas Carswell, is asking for your help to find the best south Asian restaurant locally. The annual Tiffin Cup is a...


11 NOV 2006

Commons Diary - Gazette

Douglas joins the Marines I have signed up with the Royal Marines. No, I am not about to swap politics for a career in the armed...


10 NOV 2006

Commons Diary - Harwich & Manningtree Standard

Douglas joins the Marines I have signed up with the Royal Marines. No, I am not about to swap politics for a career in the armed...