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Polish plumber furious at Ukip remarks

On the eve of the Rochester and Strood by-election, UKIP candidate Mark Reckless has come under fire for suggesting that migrants settled in Britain could be asked to leave.

In an ITV Meridian hustings debate he was asked what should happen - if Britain left the EU - to a Polish plumber settled in Rochester with his children in local schools. His answer has been described as "the language of repatriation" by political opponents.

Our political reporter Phil Hornby - who presented the debate - reports from Westminster with the latest on the row dominating the final hours of campaigning. Interviewees: Andrzej Charczuk, Polish plumber and Chris Bryant MP, Labour campaign co-ordinator.

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Controversy over Reckless' 'Polish plumber' comments

Ukip's Mark Reckless is under fire today after suggesting that EU migrants who had lived in the UK for a long time would be considered sympathetically. Others, he said, might only be allowed to stay for a "transitional period".

Meridian had invited four of the candidates to a special hustings at the University of Kent in Medway.

It was one of the last opportunities for the residents of Rochester and Strood to quiz them before polling day.

  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, October 2014

In this month's Last Word, Baroness Angela Smith, Mike Thornton MP, Janice Atkinson MEP, and Damian Green MP debate the upcoming Rochester & Strood by-election.

After UKIP's success in Essex, are they on target for a second political upset within a few weeks?

And the Leaders' TV Debates - do they distort our political campaigns? And why should we include UKIP, but not the Green Party? Caroline Lucas MP tells us what she thinks of that!

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Berkshire-based DJ apologises for UKIP calypso song

DJ Mike Read Credit: ITV

DJ Mike Read today apologised for 'unintentionally causing offence' with his Ukip Calypso, sung with a mock Caribbean accent, adding that he has asked his record company to withdraw the song from sale.

A Ukip party spokesman said the BBC Radio Berkshire DJ said the song was 'just a bit of fun'.

'Apologies of course if anyone has taken offence, but I have worked and sung in Jamaica for the tourist board and often have fun with the guys out there doing the accent,' Read said.

The track has had mixed reactions, with one Amazon reviewer calling it 'the musical equivalent of the Ebola virus", while another called it 'brilliant and so true'.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage, tweeted urging supporters to buy the single, which is 50-1 with Paddy Power to chart at number 1.

UKIP plan their next campaign - in Kent

"Next - Rochester". UKIP's aim couldn't be more direct. Last night they celebrated an historic win on the Essex coast where they seized a Tory seat. Now all eyes are on north Kent where the sitting Conservative MP has become a UKIP candidate. Just as in Essex, in fact.

In his victory speech last night, UKIP's first MP promised their people's army would head to Rochester now. The stage is set for a battle royal. David Johns has spent the day in the constituency.

He spoke to UKIP's Mark Reckless, Andrew Mackness from the Conservative Association, Labour's Naushabah Khan and Geoff Juby of the Lib Dems.

  1. David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Reaction to MP's defection to Ukip

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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