Member of Parliament for Clacton

Douglas Carswell

Douglas is an optimist. He believes the world is getting better, and favours free markets, accountable government and individual liberty.

Douglas was a founder member of Vote Leave, the successful campaign to get Britain out of the EU.

He has been elected to Parliament four times, twice as a Conservative, and twice for UKIP.

Prepared to switch party and trigger a by-election in pursuit of what he believed to be right, in October 2014 Douglas won the Clacton by-election with "the largest increase in the vote achieved by any party" in any British by-election ever.

Some of his success he attributes to his pioneering use of digital technology and data. He has produced campaign videos watched by almost a million and a half people a week on Facebook.

Douglas' book, The End of Politics and the Birth of iDemocracy, anticipated many of the changes that we are now seeing throughout the Western world. His new book, Rebel: how to overthrow the emerging oligarchy, is being published in early 2017.

In recognition of his efforts to bring change to Westminster, Douglas has been named Insurgent of the Year by the Spectator.

Before standing for Parliament, Douglas had a proper job working for one of the world's leading fund managers.

He is married to Clementine, and is a dad.

Born in 1971, Douglas' home was in Uganda until his late teens. He read history at the University of East Anglia and King's College, London.

Latest news

14 MAR 2017

Douglas leads debate on primary care in North Essex

Today, I challenged Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Community Health and Care, David Mowat MP, about the poor state of primary...

13 MAR 2017

Clacton MP to urge action on GP surgeries

Local MP Douglas Carswell will this week ask ministers about the poor state of general practice provision in Clacton. In a Westminster Hall...

01 MAR 2017

Take action against public drunks, urges MP

Local MP Douglas Carswell has written to both Tendring District Council and Essex police asking that action be taken to reduce public...