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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.

Reckless under fire for 'Polish plumber' comments

Ukip's Mark Reckless is under fire today after suggesting EU migrants who'd lived in UK for a long time would be considered sympathetically. Others might only be allowed to stay for a "transitional period". He appeared on Meridian's hustings programme.

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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. 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.

  1. Sarah Saunders @SSaundersITV

UKIP leader joins the campaign trail after MP defects

As Conservatives gathered in Birmingham today for the start of the party's conference - the leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage, took the opportunity to introduce constituents in Rochester to his new recruit. Mark Reckless joined him as they met potential voters for the by-election he triggered with his resignation as a Tory MP for the area yesterday.

Sarah Saunders spoke to former Conservative MP Mark Reckless, UKIP leader Nigel Farage and Labour candidate for the area, Naushabah Khan.

Mark Reckless joins UKIP Leader in Rochester

Mark Reckless welcomed to UKIP by party leader, Nigel Farage Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The former Conservative MP for Rochester and Strood has been in the constituency today with UKIP Leader Nigel Farage.

He appeared on stage at UKIPs conference yesterday to announce he had resigned and joined the party - in doing so he triggered a by-election.

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