UKIP’s new MP Douglas Carswell – what does he stand for?

Last night Douglas Carswell became UKIP’s first MP. The former Conservative member has held the seat since 2005, but defected to UKIP in August.

Carswell promised Clacton “more GPS” (we’re assuming he means doctors, not satellite navigation systems), “controlling the borders” and “political reform”.

But what’s his voting record? We take a look, thanks to

  • Voted very strongly against equal gay rights
  • Voted very strongly for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system 
  • Voted very strongly for a referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU 
  • Voted strongly for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the “bedroom tax”) 
  • Voted very strongly against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices 
  • Voted strongly against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability 
  • Voted strongly against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed
  • Voted moderately for higher taxes on alcoholic drinks 
  • Voted strongly for higher taxes on plane tickets 
  • Voted very strongly against increasing the tax rate applied to income over £150,000 
  • Voted strongly against a banker’s bonus tax 
  • Voted very strongly against an annual tax on the value of expensive homes (popularly known as a mansion tax) 
  • Voted very strongly for allowing employees to exchange some employment rights for shares in the company they work for
  • Voted strongly for reducing the rate of corporation tax 
  • Voted very strongly against restricting the provision of services to private patients by the NHS 
  • Voted very strongly against smoking bans
  • Voted very strongly for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year 
  • Voted very strongly for ending financial support for some 16-19 year olds in training and further education 
  • Voted strongly for fewer MPs in the House of Commons 
  • Voted strongly for a wholly elected House of Lords 
  • Voted very strongly for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords 
  • Voted strongly against transferring more powers to the Scottish Parliament 
  • Voted moderately for requiring the mass retention of information about communications
  • Voted very strongly against slowing the rise in rail fares 
  • Voted very strongly for selling England’s state owned forests 
  • Voted very strongly for capping civil service redundancy payments 
  • Voted very strongly for the privatisation of Royal Mail 
  • Voted strongly for restricting the scope of legal aid 
  • Voted moderately for culling badgers to tackle bovine tuberculosis 
  • Voted moderately for allowing national security sensitive evidence to be put before courts in secret sessions 
  • Voted very strongly against restrictions on fees charged to tenants by letting agents 


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Readers' comments (3)

  • UKIP is the biggest threat to my business since my products are bought by a multinational with head office in the EU (not in the UK).

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  • Obviously anyone who is poor, gay or a working woman will feel even more threatened than me by them. Or at least they should feel threatened if they have any sense!

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  • With a voting record such as his, Douglas Carswell is eminently suitable to be a member of UKIP. The only bit in his favour is "Voted strongly for fewer MPs in the House of Commons" as it might be a way of getting rid of him.

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