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Carswell denies misusing party data for by-election

Douglas Carswell has denied that he misused data belonging to the Conservative Party to help him in his upcoming byelection in Clacton.

In a blog published on his website, Mr Carswell said: “At no point in my campaign will I, or indeed, UKIP use any data obtained from the Conservative party or from Merlin [a Conservative party database]. It is mischievous to suggest otherwise.”

The Spectator reported that senior Conservative figures are now monitoring the party’s database, following claims that he logged on a few weeks before he defected to Ukip and accessed data about his constituency that he could use in fighting the Clacton by-election.


Douglas Carswell has revealed that he and other eurosceptic Conservatives plan to take advantage of a planned increase in the number of MEPs to force a referendum on the Lisbon treaty.


Prison father row erupts

The Ministry of Justice has said it does "not comment on individual prisoners or their partners" in relation to the case of a prisoner who is being allowed to use NHS facilities to become a father. It also confirmed that had not provided any funding for the treatment. Downing Street earlier confirmed that the Ministry of Justice was looking into the matter.

The statement from the Ministry of Justice also says that: "The Secretary of State will review the issues raised in due course, in order to provide guidance and clarity for future cases of this kind."

Conservative MPs Philip Davies and Douglas Carswell have criticised the effects of human rights legislation on the treatment of prisoners. Mr Davies said "the public are sick to the back teeth" of prisoners' human rights, while Mr Carswell said "It's another step towards an insane world where criminals have more rights than the rest of us".


The government has defeated a backbench rebellion by eurosceptic Tory MPs trying to reduce the UK's contribution the EU budget. 42 MPs voted in favour of the amendment, tabled by rightwinger Douglas Carswell, with 252 votes against. Meanwhile, economic secretary Justine Greening said a proposed 6% rise in the EU budget was "unacceptable" when member states were cutting their own spending.