Today Mr Reckless returned to his seat of Rochester and Strood after telling the Ukip conference in Yorkshire he was jumping ship. His move has caused bitter recriminations in the constituency he has represented for four years. David Johns' report includes some flash photography. He talks to local voters, then Naushabah Khan, the Labour candidate for Rochester & Strood as well as Antony Hook who's from the south east Liberal Democrats.
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This homeless man is starting a prison sentence of more than two years for burglary.
Robert Remen, 26, was forensically linked to a break in at a home in Aylesford in Kent.
He was confronted by a 16-year-old boy who was in the property when Remen tried to break in.
Remen ran off when he realised he had been caught in the act.
Having pleaded guilty to burglary, Remen was sentenced to 29 months in prison when he appeared before Maidstone Crown Court.
Detective Constable Neil Buckle from Kent Police said: "In interview Remen showed apparent remorse for any upset he had caused, but by that stage it was too late.
"The courts took his previous bad character into account and sentenced him to nearly two and a half years in prison."
A car flipped on its roof in Cheriton High Street in Kent earlier this afternoon.
Due to a technical problem with one of our vessels,the following services have been cancelled today.Dover to Calais 15h40 and 20h15.(1of2)
Due to a technical problem with one of our vessels,the following services have been cancelled today.Calais to Dover 14h20 and 18h50.(2of3)
A fire broke out on board a cross-Channel ferry as it was arriving in northern France, operator P&O has said.
A total of 337 passengers were on the Pride of Canterbury vessel, which had sailed from Dover in Kent, when the blaze broke out in the engine room at around 8am UK-time.
A P&O spokeswoman said: "The fire was extinguished straight away by the sprinkler system.
"There were no injuries, either among the crew or passengers.
"The passengers disembarked as normal."
One round-trip service, the 9.50 from Calais and the 11.10 from Dover, was cancelled to enable the damage to be assessed
Two men from South London who were arrested on suspicion of dealing drugs in Tunbridge Wells, have been remanded in custody pending a court hearing.
Axel Harvey, who's 20, and 19 year old Jude Ogunloye, were arrested by plain-clothed officers from Kent Police on 24th September on Church Road. They were charged the next day.
Both have appeared at Maidstone Magistrates Court charged with supplying heroin under the Misuse of Drugs Act, and have been remanded in custody.
‘Drug dealing is still blighting the community in Tunbridge Wells. Kent Police takes this issue very seriously and the charging and remand of two London men on suspicion of supplying drugs in our town is evidence of this.
‘I also want to compliment my Kent Police colleagues who worked hard over several days to secure evidence to support these charges.’
Police in Kent say a protest at Dover Eastern Docks was peaceful. A small group of protestors held a short demonstration outside the Port yesterday. Only one person was reported for summons for wilful obstruction of a highway.
They marched in support of lorry drivers. Hauliers can be hit with hefty fines if they are found carrying illegal immigrants trying to stow away in their lorries as they travel from Calais. However a number of far-right groups descended on the town to take part in the protest.
‘Through our Protest Liaison Officers, we were able to actively engage with the protestors to ensure Kent Police facilitated what was a peaceful demonstration, while at the same time ensuring public safety and allowing people to go about their daily business.
‘There was no disruption to both the Eastern and Western Docks and the impact on the highways around the Port of Dover was kept to a minimum during the protest.
‘There has been no impact on the community of Dover with Local District Policing Team officers continuing to work in their communities.’
Protestors briefly blockaded the Port of Dover today as they marched in support of lorry drivers. Hauliers can be hit with hefty fines if they are found carrying illegal immigrants trying to stow away in their lorries as they travel from Calais. A number of far-right groups descended on the town to take part in the protest. Sarah Saunders reports from Dover.
Backbencher Mark Reckless has become the second Tory MP in a month to defect to Ukip and trigger a by-election by quitting parliament.Read the full story ›
President of the British National Party Nick Griffin has attended a protest at a major British port amid concern about illegal migrants using Calais as a staging post to try to enter the UK.
The disruption at the Port of Dover in Kent remained at a minimum as members of the National Front and other far right wing groups, stood at the entrance to the Eastern Docks today claiming to support truckers under strain from the rise in migrant numbers across the Channel.
Drivers say they face daily threats of damage to their trucks, concerns over the loss of their livelihoods and hefty fines if migrants are caught in their vehicles.
Following the protest, which lasted about an hour, Mr Griffin said: "I am here because four years ago British lorry drivers stopped me when I was driving through Belgium and told me 'you've got to do something to explain what's going on because every single day us and our colleagues are having our lorries broken into by illegal immigrants'.