Sir Bill Cash: 'I'd be happy to see Douglas Carswell back with the Tories'

Sir Bill Cash: 'I'd be happy to see Douglas Carswell back with the Tories'

The MP for Stone said the MP for Clacton - who defected to UKIP in 2014 - would be welcomed back into the fold

Monday, March 6, 2017

Tory MP and leading Brexiteer Sir Bill Cash has revealed he'd be "happy" to see Douglas Carswell defect from UKIP back to the Conservatives.

Carswell became UKIP's first elected MP after quitting the Tories in 2014. Last week, however, he was blasted by Nigel Farage of being a threat to the party after it was claimed Carswell had blocked him from receiving a knighthood. 

Since then, he's had to fend off claims and speculation he was planning to defect back to Theresa May's party.

Cash, the MP for Stone, said he'd welcome this in an interview with Paul Ross.

He said: "I was in the Conservative party with Douglas Carswell for a long time - from the moment he was first elected to Parliament. He's taken a very active role in the Leave campaign.

"The confusion and mess UKIP are in is so enormous, as we've seen in the last few months - what are they there for?

"They keep claiming they're the ones who delivered the referendum. While Nigel Farage made a significant contribution, it was the Tory backbenchers who forced David Cameron's hand, so UKIP's claims are quite overblown.

"Douglas Carswell himself - if he wants to come back to the Tories, it would be like returning to the fold. I'd be happy to see him back myself."