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Mark Reckless on course for Ukip win in Rochester

Tory defector Mark Reckless is on course to win back his Commons seat for Ukip in the upcoming by-election in Rochester and Strood, according to a new opinion poll.

The survey by Survation for the Mail on Sunday has Ukip nine points ahead of the Conservatives in the constituency.

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Mark Reckless' Ukip defection triggers by-election

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:

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