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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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Shapps: Defecting MP 'has abused' Tories' trust

Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps told the party conference defecting Mark Reckless has "abused" their trust.

"Today your trust has been abused, you have been cheated, but worse, the people of Rochester and have been cast aside," Shapps said.

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