Reckless wins Rochester and Strood for Ukip

Mark Reckless has won the Rochester and Strood by-election, which he triggered by defecting to Ukip from the Conservatives.

In his victory speech to his constituents, Mark Reckless said, "You’re my boss. I stepped down to ask your permission to join Ukip." and that it was now Ukip who represented "the concerns of working men and women".

Breakdown of votes in Rochester and Strood:

  • Green party 1,692
  • Lib Dem 349
  • Labour 6,713
  • Ukip 16,867
  • Conservative 13,947

America struggling under 'snowmageddon'

America is struggling under at least 5ft snow which fell across the north east of the United States - and even more is on the way from this "historic" snowstorm, experts warned.

Trapped residents and motorists in New York state have been trying to dig themselves out and resume business as usual, but according to one official they are facing a "gigantic and persistent" snowstorm.

Some 20 people have died across the United States since the storm began on Saturday, with the city of Buffalo, near Niagara Falls, bearing the brunt of the snow.

Sheffield United stops Ched Evans training

Convicted rapist Ched Evans has been stopped from training with Sheffield United, after what the club described as "an intensity that could not have been anticipated".

Evans attempts to re-start his career after he was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman in a Premier Inn in Wales have split supporters and patrons. Four patrons walked out in disgust over the decision to let Evans train and Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill threatened to have her name removed from a stand if the striker was re-signed. In a statement, Sheffield United said:

Sheffield United will not be used to promote the view that professional footballers should be treated differently, as has been the want of certain sections of the media and various commentators.

During this whole period, we have been served a timely reminder of what we have been throughout our history: Sheffield United is a family and community club that, even in times of adversity, will remain strong and grow from its experiences.

– Sheffield United

Who is Mark Reckless?

Mark Reckless triggered a by-election when he defected to Ukip

  • The UKIP candidate for Rochester and Strood is a 43-year-old father of two who formerly worked in financial services and management consultancy before moving into Westminster
  • He studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Christ Church, Oxford, where he met fellow Conservative George Osborne
  • Worked for the policy unit at Conservative Central Office for two years and was elected to the House of Commons in 2010
  • Reckless publicly apologised after only two months in the Commons for being so drunk in a Parliament bar that he missed a vote on the budget in June 2010. He swears he is now teetotal and will not drink even if he wins the by-election
  • Tory party chairman Grant Shapps accused Reckless of deceit, telling the annual Conservative conference Reckless had "lied and lied and lied"
  • Reckless has since criticised David Cameron for failing to be clear about what he stands for
  • However, Reckless has made it very clear what he believes in; a vocal opponent of the EU, he supports an elected House of Lords and does not want to see benefits to the unemployed or sick rise.

Preventing young extremism

The Think program is crucial to the safety of this country

– Graham Foulkes

Good Morning Britain has been given exclusive access to a scheme which is tackling extremism in schools.

For the first time, cameras have been allowed to film a group of young people aged 13-16 who could be deemed to be at risk of radicalisation in a workshop attempting to prevent this.

Graham Foulkes, who lost his son David in the 7/7 bombs, is one of the Think program speakers and joined us today.

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Breakfast in America winners are spellbound!

It might be wintry and wet here in the UK but 4,300 miles away in Orlando, Sean Fletcher and his 100 GMB viewers are having a magical time enjoying temperatures in the 20s on their Breakfast in America trip.

This morning we're joining our winners as they see the magical side of Florida from Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios.

So we cross over the Atlantic and find out how the 'Muggles' are getting on.

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Diagon Alley in Universal Studios