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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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Reckless 'trying to do the right thing' by constituents

Conservative defector Mark Reckless has rejected charges he acted in bad faith in leaving the party for Ukip.

The MP for Rochester and Strood insisted he was "trying to do the right thing by his constituents" and accused David Cameron of breaking his election promises.

Mark Reckless defected to Ukip on the eve of the Conservative Party conference. Credit: BBC/Sunday Politics

"I made a lot of promises to my constituents and I want to keep those promises on immigration, on the deficit, on political reform. The Prime Minister isn't keeping those promises, I want to do so and that's why I'm moving to Ukip," he told BBC's Sunday Politics.

"We made all these promises in 2010 as Conservatives and they have been broken."

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