UKIP loses its only MP

46-year-old Douglas Carswell is to continue as an independent member of parliament.

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The UK Independence Party has lost its only MP.

Douglas Carswell has announced he is leaving the party.

The 46-year-old defected to UKIP in August 2014 from the Conservative Party.

The British populist party is widely credited as having been a major factor behind the country’s decision to leave the European Union.