Ukip defector Mark Reckless says he did not take his decision to leave the Conservative party "lightly".
Speaking at the Ukip conference in Doncaster Mr Reckless claimed the Conservative leadership was "part of the problem that is holding our country back". He was given a rapturous reception by Ukip party members when he made his defection announcement.
ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports as Conservative MP Mark Reckless defects to Ukip:
Mark Reckless resigns the Conservative whip joins UKIP and stands down as an MP to trigger a by election.
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