Member of Parliament for Clacton

Douglas Carswell

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 on Human Rights to call for the abolition of ludicrous Human Rights laws.

The Human Rights Committee is dominated by the Human Rights establishment. Douglas believes that Human Rights rules have meant that criminals evade justice and the terrorist threat goes unchecked.

Looking at three specific instances, Douglas issued a report to the committee that shows how the Human Rights law is letting us all down. Douglas' report is based on factual detail and complex legal arguement, and shows how Human Rights law meant:

* A convicted criminal was freed to murder

* Nine Afghan hijackers were able to remain at large in Britain

* Foreign criminals could not be deported from the UK

Douglas' report calls for the abolition of not only the notorious Human Rights Act, but more importantly, Britain's withdrawal from the European Convention on Human Rights.

Douglas' report was voted down by supporters of the Human Rights establishment - most of who, it could be noted, were not actually elected.

Douglas says "People should read my minority report because it is important that people know that there is an alternative. Britain can scrap the Human Rights laws we have had imposed on us - and still protect the freedoms of those who live here.

Britain must axe the Human Rights act and withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. It is in our national interest to do so, and it is in the best interests of our individual freedoms and liberties. I have no doubt - despite the power of the Human Rights establishment - that in the end the Human Rights Act will go".

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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 made by local people, for local people and about local issues.

More than 4,000 people have logged onto watch in the first few days alone.

Clacton TV is completely free and viewers do not even need to register to watch.

Douglas expalins "Our video clips are made by local people, about topics of local interest. Like a local newspaper, we aim to cover stories that interest you - using video clips made by you.

Normal TV only seems to feature stories that are of regional interest - not things that are really local. But ClactonTV.com always has room for local items because it is local people, not remote programmers who get to decide what we show."

If you would like to find out more, log on to www.clactonTV.com


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 competition run nation-wide to find the best Indian food locally. MPs are asked to nominate a restaurant in their constituency to compete in the challenge.

But local MP, Douglas, would like your help to find the best.

While applauding the quality of south Asian food in Britain, the competition also raises much needed money for charity. This year, the competition is in aid of the charity, Paths to Success.

Douglas says "Please can you let me have your nominations for the best Indian or south Asian restaurant in our area. There are about a dozen or so, and I think I have eaten in most of them. But I want to know what you think is our best Indian restaurant".

"Either write to me at the House of Commons or email me your nomination at carswelld@parliament.uk. I'll send in the most popular choice to the Tiffin Cup organisers and I hope we win".


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 forces. Rather, I have joined the Parliamentary Armed Forces scheme. As a new MP, I am very conscious that politicians sometimes make key decisions that will affect our soldiers, sailors and airmen. Personally, I have not agreed with every decision that Parliament has made – and the failure to give our troops the right kit is a national disgrace.

If I am to do something about it, it is really important that I get a first-hand understanding of what it is like to serve. The Armed Forces scheme will allow me to find out what it is like to be in the armed forces, and to show my support for our services.

I choose the Royal Marines – which will probably get me in to all sorts of trouble with one or two ex-Paras and former RAF people that I know. However, I felt that the Marines, with their multipurpose role, would be a good branch of the armed forces to sign up with.

This Sunday’s Remembrance Day service will be poignant, as it always is; a chance not only to reflect on past sacrifices, but to appreciate those currently serving their Queen and Country.

I was mulling this over in my mind during an Education Committee discussion in Parliament on “Citizenship education”. What does it take to give people a sense of citizenship, and of belonging? After the July 7th terrorist outrages last year, this question has come to the fore. I believe that it is vital that young people in Britain grow up with a sense of our shared past, if they are to have a bright future. That means teaching our island story, and in doing so, giving people a sense of patriotism and quite pride in what our forbearers did for the world.

On a totally separate note, I was lobbied in Parliament last week by some local nurses worried about the future of the local NHS. They are worried because of what has happened to our local Primary Care Trust. On top of that have been the delays in opening some services at the new Harwich hospital and the closure of a ward in Clacton hospital.

A day or so later, the Tendring Pensioners Action Group, led by Mike Le Cornu and Vic Brown, came to see me to express their concerns about the raw deal that our older folk are now getting. Pensions have not increased in line with average earnings meaning that many retired people are worse off. Added to that the rise in gas and electricity prices, and there is real cause for concern locally. Please do have a look the discussion we had outside the House of Commons on www.ClactonTV.com.

If you would like to visit the House of Commons, or just come along to one of my surgeries


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 forces. Rather, I have joined the Parliamentary Armed Forces scheme. As a new MP, I am very conscious that politicians sometimes make key decisions that will affect our soldiers, sailors and airmen. Personally, I have not agreed with every decision that Parliament has made – and the failure to give our troops the right kit is a national disgrace.

If I am to do something about it, it is really important that I get a first-hand understanding of what it is like to serve. The Armed Forces scheme will allow me to find out what it is like to be in the armed forces, and to show my support for our services.

I choose the Royal Marines – which will probably get me in to all sorts of trouble with one or two ex-Paras and former RAF people that I know. However, I felt that the Marines, with their multipurpose role, would be a good branch of the armed forces to sign up with. I also wanted to do something with the navy given Harwich's ancient ties with the senior service.

This Sunday’s Remembrance Day services across our district will be poignant, as they always are; a chance not only to reflect on past sacrifices, but to appreciate those currently serving their Queen and Country.

I was mulling this over in my mind during an Education Committee discussion in Parliament on “Citizenship education”. What does it take to give people a sense of citizenship, and of belonging? After the July 7th terrorist outrages last year, this question has come to the fore. I believe that it is vital that young people in Britain grow up with a sense of our shared past, if they are to have a bright future. That means teaching our island story, and in doing so, giving people a sense of patriotism and quite pride in what our forbearers did for the world.

On a totally separate note, I was lobbied in Parliament last week by some local nurses worried about the future of the local NHS. They are worried because of what has happened to our local Primary Care Trust. On top of that have been the delays in opening some services at the new Harwich hospital and the closure of a ward in Clacton hospital.

A day or so later, the Tendring Pensioners Action Group, led by Mike Le Cornu and Vic Brown, came to see me to express their concerns about the raw deal that our older folk are now getting. Pensions have not increased in line with average earnings meaning that many retired people are worse off. Added to that the rise in gas and electricity prices, and there is real cause for concern locally.

If you would like to visit the House of Commons, or just come along to one of my surgeries or coffee mornings for a chat, please do contact me. I am always available for local people.