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Conservative MP Mark Reckless defects to Ukip

Conservative MP for Rochester and Strood Mark Reckless is defecting to Ukip, he announced today at Ukip's conference in Doncaster

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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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