In August 2014 Carswell defected to join UKIP (the United Kingdom Independence Party). He resigned his seat to force a by-election which he won in October 2014. Carswell was then re-elected in the May 2015 general election with 44 per cent of the vote - he is UKIP's only MP.
Carswell quit UKIP to become an independent MP from March 2017. He did not stand in the 2017 general election.
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