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Douglas Carswell, who became the first Ukip Mp
says he won't stand again in Clacton.
But believes he still has the support of local people.
I may upset one or two party bosses but local people, I do not think I
have upset them. I always thought he was a wrong one. I think he is
stupid. The man cannot make his mind up and he wants to be in politics.
A mental health trust apologises to the family of this man
after their neglect contributed to his death.
Jailed - the driver whose load smashed
because it wasn't tied down properly.
And let's get ready to tumble. This is Ben who is hoping to break a
world record at the London Marathon on this weekend and into the
Guinness Book of World Records. Go and get them, Ben.
Douglas Carswell, who became the first
Ukip MP in 2014 says he won't stand
and instead will back the Conservative candidate.
We've been waiting for Douglas Carswell
to declare his hand since the snap General Election was announced.
It was just last month that he stood down from Ukip
He says he helped win the referendum last June.
This from our Political Correspondent Andrew Sinclair.
In many ways, today's news is not a surprise. Ever since leaving Ukip
last month, he has been telling people he has achieved his ambition
of getting us out of the European union. Yet again, Clacton becomes an
important seat to watch. He knew she could not win here and he stood
down. This is a Ukip town and he has recognised that. It does put us in a
strong position but we cannot assume we are going to walk home with the
seat. We have a lot of work to do and need to get the right candidate
and fight the right campaign. Today I am leaving the Conservative Party
and join Ukip. The decision to defect to Ukip and win the election
a lecture fight the debate over Europe. He cited GP shortages and
housing for his main reason of leaving the Conservatives. This
merged it was all part of a plan to infiltrate Ukip and put pressure on
David Cameron not go back on his promise to call a referendum and it
worked. His stances on emigration put him at odds with the new party
leader. He tried to undermine everything we stood for in terms of
policy, in terms of campaigns. We should have dealt with this at the
end of 2015. He became MP for Harwich and Clacton 12 years ago and
built up a large personal vote. The reason why he felt so confident
joining Ukip. The decision to become an independent not go down well with
voters. Has he let the party down? I think so. If he wants to do that
then we cannot do anything, unfortunately. This part of his
career is at an end. For Clacton, a new era begins.
Douglas Carswell won four elections in Clacton
but he has tested the patience of voters after first defecting
from the Tories to Ukip then becoming an independent.
Alex Dunlop is Clacton now. We should give Douglas Carswell his
due. When you left the Tory fold he commanded a majority of three and
have thousands and when he became an independent MP, some people were fed
up that there was no massive climate here for him to quit. We only
approached 15 to 20 people and none of them maunders but go passing. As
job done, time to go to not wash with anyone. I spoke to. I think it
is stupid. The man cannot make his mind up now does not want to be part
of politics. You cannot decide which party and is stupid. He is not going
to stand as an MP and he's putting his week behind the Conservatives.
We thought that would be the case. He swapped and went back and
forwards. No, I do not think so. He is going back to what he was before.
I think he would not have got in as an independent anyway. You think he
is standing down because he might not get in or he has done the right
thing? Note the Commons he would get back in, to be honest. -- no,
because he will not get back in. I always thought he was a wrong one.
You did a Churchill. I think he flipped to UK mac because he does
not know where he is going. -- Ukip. If he does not know, what chance do
we have? Douglas Carswell told his constituents to do that he looks
forward to reading the papers without appearing in any of them. I
suggest he gives tonight's additions and tomorrow's edition is a mess.
Thank you very much. -- a mess. I spoke to Douglas Carswell this
afternoon and asked how he was feeling about becoming
the former MP for Clacton. I have a very fond illusion ship
with Clacton and my constituents. I am sad to be saying goodbye to them.
-- relationship. I have delight. I went into politics to get us out of
the European union and I feel the job is done. You say you have a fond
relationship with the people and Clacton. We could not find a single
person who had a good word to say about you. They say you cannot make
up your mind. You have left to parties and you have left them. I
think I can point to the fact that I had a pretty solid mandate. I was
elected four times to represent Clacton. I never lost an election in
Clacton yet. Do you regret antagonising some people along the
way? That has been business in the local Tory party and Ukip. NIgel
Farage said you were responsible for the divisions and the infighting
stopped as soon as you left. To make sure we had a referendum and we won
the referendum on Europe, I did upset one or two people running the
Conservative Party and Ukip at the time. In terms of local Borders, I
have stood for election for times in Clacton and I have been returned. I
may upset one or two party bosses, but local people, I have not upset
them. You must have known you were not going to be elected this time
because you do not have the following is an independent. If you
look at my record in supporting leaving the European union and
winning the referendum, you will see someone who is not scared to stand
as an outsider. On most occasions when I stood and one, I was not
expected to win. I remember interviewing you when you defected
to Ukip. You said it was about all the other problems affecting
Clacton, the NHS... The job has not been done on those issues at all,
has it? As well as campaigning on getting us a referendum, I have
campaigned at great length at safeguarding local services are
Clacton hospital and making sure we get a new seafront at Holland on
Sea. I can point to the successes of those campaigns. When you say, job
done, it gives lie to that because you think it all was about Europe at
the end of the day. I made it very clear that my priority in going into
Parliament was to nature we had a referendum and we won that
referendum. It is possible to do that and be a committed constituency
MP. What about the future? Somebody who knows you well says you like the
terminator and you will be back. I would love to be able to watch the
news and what programmes like this without appearing on it. It has been
a wonderful experience being the local MP and being the member of
Parliament for Clacton has been the highest honour of my life. I want to
do something different. No return to politics? No,. Thank you.
The family of a man who died in the care of a mental health
trust in this region say funding cuts are to blame.
Neil Jewell had paranoid schizophrenia
and died in 2014 after a catalogue of failings.
An inquest found that neglect by the Norfolk and Suffolk
mental health trust contributed to his death.
Neil Jewell family back in Norfolk, packing up the motor home they had
been living out during the three-week inquest. They have had to
wait years to hear story. -- have his story heard. Living
independently, he was visited weekly by a care worker he knew well that
when the trust needed to save money, that changed. He was not seen for
nine months and ran out of medication. This started a chain of
events that led to his death. There were no beds here and the nearest
hospital was in London. Against usual policy, he was placed in a
private nursing home. Staff there could not cope, so he was restrained
and transferred to Ipswich. The he was tranquillised but neither his
heart rate nor pulse was monitored. The next day he had a cardiac
arrest. Five days later, he died in hospital. Having to sit by his
bedside holding his hand when they turned off the life-support was just
awful and watching him die again. It affected us quite badly. You cannot
take in what has happened and to let him go again like that was awful.
The family is pleased the inquest recognised neglected by the mental
health trust and cost savings played a part in his death. It is very rare
that that finding is made and that goes some way to say how extensive
the failings were in this particular" interest. The handing
out of drugs, the monitoring of tranquillised patients and patients
must be considered when restructuring where the... When they
make these reorganisations, it is the people who should be at the
centre of these decisions and the care should be at the centre. The
trust says they apologise for what has been deemed at as our trust's
part in the contribution to this patient's death and the care
provided was not acceptable. It has also improved training and the
family want those in charge to understand the consequences of
cutbacks. -- acknowledge. A lorry driver has been sentenced
to 18 months in prison after a steam engine came off his vehicle,
seriously injuring six Philip Last was told he had shown
gross negligence and carelessness, and he was extremely lucky
that no-one had died. The aftermath of September 2015
crash. The steam engine slid off a low loader and hit a bus coming in
the other direction. For passengers were badly injured to stop a fifth
passenger and the driver suffered life-threatening injuries. He spoke
to us shortly after leaving hospital. I do get angry and you are
going to, unfortunately, because you know it is not your fault. You are
going to think, look what you have done to me. I'm going to have to
deal with those for the rest of my life. He arrived at Ipswich Crown
Court to see the lorry driver who caused the crash face justice. Seen
here at an earlier hearing, he admitted ?6 of causing serious
injury by dangerous driving. -- six pounds. He should have used change
but used a mixture of chains and canvas straps and the frayed and
broke. His honour sentenced him to 18 months in prison and disqualified
him from driving for 21 months and told him if not a miracle, it was
virtually tours in the extreme that no one died as a result of this
gross negligence. Virtually tours. Just at this moment in time, we are
pleased to say that the incident has reached a conclusion which will
allow Michael to continue with his recovery. The court was told how he
was deeply sorry for the consequences of the crash. His
defence lawyer says not a day goes by when he wishes he had tied it on
properly. Still to come tonight: running
the London marathon with a tumble And who would live
in a house like this? Our region, with its wonderful
coastline, is a big draw Southwold is one of
the most desirable resorts but that popularity
brings its own problems. More than half the houses
in the town are second homes. 80 team unity group is hoping to buy
the old hospital to build low-cost homes. -- a community group.
We are just outside the meeting. We could not get in it because it was
packed. It shows you the strength of feeling there is about the old
hospital. This is our first look inside
Southwold hospital since it closed Once a busy place full
of doctors, nurses and patients, it is now just a series
of empty rooms and dark corridors. Save our Southwold want to stop
the hospital being sold for development and hope instead
it can be bought It would be a tragedy
if this building was turned into second homes
or market homes for residents here because this town really
needs new business, new people to join
the community and what we would
like to do is to turn it into a business hub
and a community hub. With its old fashioned
seaside charm, lighthouse and pier,
Southwold is lovely but is the town now becoming a victim
of its own success? 59% of houses here
are a second homes. That is why young people who work
in Southwold can barely On the high street,
it's the butchers, where He rents a house in the town
with friends but has little hope of That is a pipe dream, unfortunately,
at least at present. I do not think so, no,
not unless I win the Save Our Southwold are hoping one
use for the old hospital An average house price
across the immediate The range of prices could be
anything from 250 perhaps for a small one-bedroom flat up
to the house behind us which is about to go
onto the market ?2.57 million. No-one really knows
but on the open market Some here believe that it is a fight
for the future of the town. Quite passionate tonight, as you
might expect. It is early days. The hospital is owned by the NHS. They
sent us a statement which says they have to secure best value for the
site. They have to raise money and go through the planning process. It
is early days. We will have more on our late bulletin at 10:30pm.
If you fancy renting something for a short break in the region,
A cottage by the sea, a cruiser on the Broads,
But if you want something on the grand scale and if you have
A grade two listed stately home in Suffolk. Ten bedrooms, eight
bathrooms and a butler. Kevin has been finding out what you get for
your money. It sits within an estate of 5000 acres. It is regarded as one
of the finest stately homes in the region. Whether it is people wanting
to visit for the day for weddings, or now read the whole place, the
more the merrier. They know that we do not have the same budgets and we
are fighting the tide. It is the same with clients that come to use
the house. It is a different relationship but we are doing it
because they want the country has experience and be argued that giving
it to them. He lives in part of the hall with his wife, children and
dogs but the rest could be yours for ?3000 per night. You need not stop
there. There are extras. The good have your own chef and private
butler who will play the grand piano while you and your guests relax. The
butler is also there to keep an eye on things along with security staff,
who makes sure the rules that are laid down to protect the hall and
their contents are followed to the letter. They are working hard to
offer something special and interest is growing across the Atlantic. We
just took a beginning. It is an agent who does mostly American. In a
sense, it has taken six or seven years of feeling we are not making
any progress to getting bookings. Whether it is economy or other
factors. We are relaxed at the moment. Like anything big, it is
slow moving. It needs time to get it right. I am confident that through
this year we will make in roads and get more traction. Huge estates need
to pay their way and having invested heavily in parts of the building,
like the old servants quarters which was industry appear just the few
years ago, the family are hoping this rental offer of luxury with a
light touch could prove highly lucrative, too. I am impressed the
butler can play the piano as well. We might call.
More than 30,000 people are expected to run
Among them the world's top athletes, the fun runners and those
He will run the 26.2 miles in under six hours with the tumble dryer on
his back. This from our sports editor...
It has to weigh 25 kilos and I've got it.
Newmarket is full of thoroughbreds and now meet the latest one.
44-year-old Ben and his six-year-old tumble dryer.
A lot of other people have been saying it but to me it is a
I am finished with my running, really.
This is more of a strength test than a running test, I believe.
Ben is well used to pounding the streets.
He has completed 29 marathons and nine in London.
At stake this time is a white goods world record, clearly
Ben might be the only one going for a spin around the London
Marathon course with a tumble dryer on his back.
I do believe there is at least another two others
who are also going for the same record of fastest marathon
carrying a household appliance white goods.
I have to beat them and get under six hours
This is him on the BBC show Special Forces Ultimate Hell Week.
He survived to tell the tale and will be running London
It is phenomenal and the profile raising we have received from Ben
running round with a tumble dryer on his back with Racing Welfare on
Ben's has trained at 4am in the snow, even
being stopped by curious police patrols and he gets a few looks in
People look at me, like, what on earth are you doing?
Other people see it and a couple of minutes later I get a bleep on my
Ben has pretty much heard all the gags.
All that's left to say is let's get ready to tumble!
How did that start, that idea? I do not know. Good question.
Now, if you were watching Look East last week
you'll have seen our feature on Eminent
Son of wonderhorse Frankel as he prepared for the new season.
Well, today he won the Craven Stakes at Newmarket
He's now 10-1 to win the first Classic of the season.
There was a lot of cloud across the region today. Some photographs to
show you where we start that blue sky and sunshine. Here is one and
some sun breaking through the trees in Suffolk. We have had a weak
weather front crossing the region. This has thrown a lot of cloud but
there have been some gaps and sunshine. We ended the day on a
cloudy note. One or two spots of light drizzle in places. Through the
night, a lot more cloud around and a different night to last night. Last
night was down to freezing and tonight more mild. These are the
temperatures for tomorrow morning. During the night, down as low as
five Celsius. High pressure is still on the scene. Keeping are settle
this week weather front is heading down and behind it cooler air coming
from a cold sauce. Having said that, a warm day tomorrow. Quite cloudy
and chants of one or two isolated showers. Most having a dry day and
some brighter spells. You little bit of sunshine but quite cloudy. Look
at these temperatures. Up to 16 Celsius. The wind is something known
to be north-west tomorrow and that is a sign of things to come. It
cooler a source coming our way. Into the beak and it is looking cooler
because of the pressure. That weather front heading southwards.
Cooler ears screaming down from the north. Much good Saturday. -- cooler
air. Sunny spells around and one or two showers. They will be isolated.
For the next couple of days, cloudy on the map and temperatures up to 11
Celsius on Saturday. A shift from our day tomorrow. One or two
isolated showers. Temperatures recover for Sunday but cool to start
next week. Largely dry and temperatures dropping away to bring
us the chance of a frost for next week. Here is the barometer check
for tonight. That's got a frown from Stewart. It is arctic. Thank you
very much. Good evening.