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In the programme tonight... Douglas Carswell who became the first Ukip
MP says he will not stand again in Clacton. In mental health trust
apologises to this man after their neglect contributed to his death.
Hundreds attend the meeting in Southwold tonight.
Douglas Carswell, who became the first Ukip MP in 2014 says
he won't stand for re-election in Clacton and instead will back
It was just last month that he stood down from Ukip
Now he says after helping win the referendum last June,
We'll hear from him in a moment after this report from our political
In many ways, today's news is not a surprise.
Ever since he left Ukip last month, Douglas Carswell has been
telling people he has achieved his long-standing
ambition of getting us out of the European Union.
Once again, Clacton becomes an important seat to watch.
I think Douglas knew he could not win here on an independent
This is a Ukip town and he has recognised that.
If he supports the Conservative candidate, it does put us
I am today leaving the Conservative Party and joining Ukip.
His decision to defect to Ukip and when the subsequent by-election
At the time, he cited local concerns over housing and GP shortages
as his main reason for leaving the Conservatives but it
subsequently emerged that this was all part
of a plan to pressure on David Cameron not to go back
on his promise to call an EU referendum.
His stance on issues like immigration often put him
There were several attempts to have him thrown out.
He tried to undermine everything we stood for for a very long
time in terms of policy, in terms of campaigns.
He became an MP first for Harwich and Clacton 12 years ago and built
One reason why he felt confident about joining Ukip.
His decision to become an independent and now
to leave altogether may have cost him support.
The man cannot make his mind up and now he does not
If he keeps changing it about, what chance do we have
Rarely out of the news, this part of his career
is at an end and for Clacton, a new era begins.
When I spoke to Douglas Carswell, I asked him if he'd made
the decision to step down because he knew this time
In all the time I stood for election, I only lost once and that
I am more than happy to fight elections.
I want to fight elections if they serve a purpose.
We have a Prime Minister who wants to
ensure that the Brexit result last June is delivered.
That is why I went into politics and I couldn't
possibly in all fairness and conscious run against her.
When you say job done, you are referring
Have you really achieved what you have set out to there?
There are enormous pressures on local services and it bothers me
I was not as successful as I hoped I would be in terms of
I have a solid record of putting local first and
make sure we safeguard local services.
All politics starts and ends locally.
We have been to Clacton, locally today and I have to
Most of the reaction has not been very positive, Mr Carswell.
We have had people saying you flipped
We do not know what he stands for and neither does he.
That does not look like a good track record
I can look back at his solid record of being returned as
the local MP, not of questions to do with Europe or Ukip or at the
As a local candidate I put the local people
The leader of Tendring District Council said you
are a bit like the terminator and he expects you to be bad.
That is one of the kinder things people have
I do not really think I am like the terminator.
For a start, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a
I have had a wonderful, wonderful 12 years.
It has been a lot of fun and I have really enjoyed it.
It is time to say job done and move on.
That is right for me and it is right for
And that is the end of politics for Douglas Carswell?
The family of a man who died in the care of a mental health
trusts in this region, say funding cuts are to blame.
Neil Jewell had schizophrenia and died in 2014. An inquest found that
neglect contributed to his death. Neil Jewell's family back
in Norfolk, packing up been living out of during
the three week inquest. They have had to wait years
to have his story heard. The 42-year-old had paranoid
schizophrenia, living independently he was visited weekly by a care
worker he knew well but when the trust needed to save
money, that changed. He wasn't seen for nine months
and ran out of medication. This started a chain of events
that led to his death. Against usual policy,
he was placed in a private nursing The staff there could not cope,
so he was restrained and There he was tranquillised
and neither his heart At the mental health unit the next
day, he had a cardiac arrest. Having to sit by his
bedside holding his hand off the life-support
was just awful and just
watched him die again. It really affected us quite badly
and you just cannot take in what has happened and just
to let him go like that was awful. The family is pleased the inquest
recognised both neglect and cost When they make these
life changing, as it happened, reorganisations,
it is the people that
must be at the centre of these decisions and
The Norfolk and Suffolk foundation trust says it...
It says it has already improved training but the
family wants those in charge to acknowledge the consequences of
More than 300 people have attended a public meeting
What happens on the site of the Old Cottage hospital.
A community group is hoping to buy it and build low cost homes before
To decide the future of this old hospital.
Standing vacant for two years, they want to stop this
hospital being sold for development and hope
it can be bought by the
It would be a tragedy if this building was
turned into second homes or market homes for residencies here because
this town really needs new business, needs
new people to join the
community and what we would like to do is to turn
this into a business hub or a community hop.
Another option is affordable homes, which
The range of prices can be anything from
254 for a small one-bedroom flat up to the house behind us
which is beyond the market at ?2.57 million.
No one knows how much the hospital is worth
but on the open market it could go for a ?1 million or more.
Tonight, they announced a bid had been
submitted to the NHS and asked if second home
owners would be able to
dig deep and raise the money but will they?
I should not say this but I might be shamed into it.
We have a place here which was meant to
A lot of them went to second home owners who
We need to have a library and many to have
Do not underestimate Southport people.
The few members of the public looking through those final plans.
The NHS say the word get the best value from the site.
These guys have still got a long way to go.
A lot of money needs to be raised, even if
Coming up now the weather with Alex, but form the rest
Good evening. More clouds across the region tonight. Not as cold as it
was last night. The thickest cloud could produce light rain or drizzle.
Some clear into roles. Lows of five Celsius. Those temperatures will
recover by the end of the night. Tomorrow, a fairly settled pattern.
This weather system coming down from the north will bring cooler here for
the weekend. Tomorrow, despite the cloud cover, it should be warm.
Highs of 16 Celsius. A lot of cloud generally and the bright spell or
sunshine. The winds will be fresh through the day and switching
Roundtree north-westerly direction. That will bring cooler a for the
weekend. week for much of the UK and for more
about that and the UK outlook, Helen Willetts.
The sunshine make such a difference this time of year, only 12 or so
degrees under the cloud today but 19 in eastern Scotland not far away
from St Andrews. Also in