Member of Parliament for Clacton

Douglas Carswell

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 in Westminster.

"I've listened to local people whose lives have been turned upside down by knife crime" explains Douglas. "There is a strong feeling locally that enough is enough. The criminal justice system needs to acknowledge the legitimate concerns of the law abiding, and deal with the problem".

"As well as raising awareness, we need to see many more stopped and searched. Those found to be carrying knives must then be prosecuted. Not cautioned, but prosecuted".

"A generation ago, many people thought it was okay to drink and drive. The police began to stop motorists, breathalysed, and prosecuted those breaking the law. It soon changed attitudes. We need a similar stance in Clacton to tackle the problem of knives".

"Now that Essex has a locally elected police chief, Commissioner Alston, I hope that we can begin to see a specific, Clacton-made solution to deal with a problem of knife crime in Clacton".

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 enjoyed seeing the Rotary Club members and a fantastic day was had by all.

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 about the length of time it has sometimes taken to get an ambulance" explains Douglas Carswell. "They have every right to be concerned".

In one such instance, an elderly lady was left lying on the pavement for over an hour for an ambulance to arrive. In another instance, there was a delay in getting an ambulance to a woman who had recently given birth and needed medical attention.

Douglas has now acted. At a meeting with local ambulance chiefs, Douglas made it clear that local people are concerned.

Douglas was given a number of assurances at the meeting. Most important of all, there will be no closure of any local ambulance stations. "This is absolutely key in making sure that the local service remains local. I am pleased by what the ambulance chiefs said".

Douglas went on "At the meeting, I believe there was recognition of the challenge that those who run the service face. Ambulance crews are busier than ever before, with more call outs than ever."

"The service needs to better manage this – and I think most local people would agree that the service needs to improve. I hope that any changes to the local ambulance services will ensure that the right number of ambulances are in the right place at the right time. That has not always been the case, and those running the service need to get it right".

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 and older folk.

The campaign encouraged shoppers to donate an item of shopping, and many hundreds of shoppers contributed.

Three cheers for our local Sainsbury staff!

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 giving 100% backing to the "Lives not Knives" initiative, Douglas supports local awareness raising campaigns.

"In addition, I would like to see a change in the way our town is policed" says Douglas.

"We don't just need to raise awareness.  We need to see a concrete response from the local criminal justice system".

Douglas has written to the Chief Constable to suggest that the local police use their stop and search powers to target those they suspect of carrying knives. 

He has also suggested that the police might do more to enforce the "no boozing" rules that are supposed to prevent drinking in public spaces in our town.

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 people and the exhibition looked at the history of our coastal town during the War.

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 Holland.

Initially, the three villages were not included on BT’s list of superfast broadband deployment for the Frinton and Walton area.

BT’s change of mind came after local residents took up the issue with Douglas Carswell MP, who took action and pushed for talks between the operator and the local District Council.

Douglas says:

“I listened to what local people said, took action, spearheaded a campaign, and I am very pleased with the result.

“Having high-quality access to the Internet is vital in a society where so much of our communication takes place online, and I am delighted to see that Kirby-le-Soken, Kirby Cross and Great Holland will be included in the upgrade.”

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 Carswell.

"Our thoughts are with his family and his loved ones."

"Many people throughout Clacton are very concerned. We all now need to rally behind and support our local police force 100 percent."

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 Chancellor’s retreat came less than 24 hours after Douglas Carswell MP demanded that the Government should back down and scrap their plans. The cancellation of the 3p tax hike marks the third time within less than a month that the Government has been defeated over proposals to increase taxes and VAT rates.  

Douglas says:

“I am delighted to hear that the Government has been forced to cancel the 3p increase in Fuel Duty, just like they were forced to retreat over their plans to increase VAT on static caravans and church repairs.”

“No one cheers more loudly when this government does the right thing. No one is more robust when they get it wrong."

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”, warned Douglas Carswell today.

“The cost of living is rising, and this 3p tax hike is wrong.”

Douglas will be backing a Commons motion designed to make Treasury ministers see sense. Last month, Clacton’s MP took action against George Osborne’s proposal to slap 20% VAT on static caravans and church repairs. The Government was forced to back down.

“Local Clacton people find the cost of living going up. Fuel bills and utility bills have been made more expensive because of government policy. Now they want to whack folk with a 3p hike in petrol tax. No!”, insisted Douglas.

“Ministers say they need to cut the deficit: ‘Fine’”, responds Clacton’s MP. “They should learn to live within their means like the rest of us. Quit throwing money away.”

“I think it is pretty outrageous that every time you fill up the car with petrol, between 60 and 70% of it is going in tax of one form or another.”

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