Douglas Carswell

British politician (born 1971)

John Douglas Wilson Carswell (born 3 May 1971) is a British politician. He is a Eurosceptic and a libertarian. Carsewell was elected to Parliament at the 2005 general election. On 28 August 2014 left the Conservative Party to be a member of UKIP.[1]

Douglas Carswell

Carswell in 2009
Member of Parliament
for Clacton
Harwich (2005–2010)
Assumed office
10 October 2014
Preceded byHimself
In office
5 May 2005 – 29 August 2014
Preceded byIvan Henderson
Succeeded byHimself
Personal details
Born (1971-05-03) 3 May 1971 (age 53)
London, England
Political partyConservative (before 2014)
UKIP (2014–2017)
Independent (since 2017)
Spouse(s)Clementine Bailey
Alma materUniversity of East Anglia
King's College London
WebsiteOfficial website

Following his resignation from the Conservatives, he ran for his seat Clacton-on-Sea as a UKIP candidate. He was elected UKIP's first MP in the House of Commons in the by-election held on 9 October 2014.

In March 2017, Carswell said that he was quitting UKIP to be an independent MP.[2] In April 2017 he said he would not stand in the 2017 general election.[3]


  1. Aitkenhead, Decca (9 September 2016). "Douglas Carswell: 'I'm having far too much fun to leave Ukip'". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  2. "Douglas Carswell quitting UKIP". 25 March 2017. Retrieved 25 March 2017 – via
  3. Elgot, Jessica; Booth, Robert; Walker, Peter (20 April 2017). "Former Ukip MP Douglas Carswell to step down in Clacton". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 April 2017.