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Interview: Douglas Carswell—the Leaver

The MP for Clacton tells Prospect why he will not run for re-election

By Alex Dean  

Douglas Carswell in Westminster ©Lauren Hurley/PA Wire/PA Images

Douglas Carwell, the Independent MP for Clacton, walked through the glass-roofed atrium of Portcullis House and took a seat in the building’s member’s lounge. Elites “are in the process of pivoting—and it is a glory to watch,” he said, nursing a cup of coffee. He is pleased that, having initially campaigned against Brexit, “elites” are on their way to implementing it. Carswell’s campaign work helped “Leave” to achieve its stunning victory in last year’s EU referendum.

Carswell spoke to Prospect on Tuesday, the day…

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