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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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Mirror faces police referral over Newmark 'sting'

A Conservative MP has said he will write the police over newspaper "entrapment" that led his Conservative colleague Brooks Newmark to resign from government.

Mark Pritchard had already confirmed he would be complaining to the new press regulator about the Sunday Mirror revelations, but has now questioned whether criminal law was also broken by the newspaper.

Brooks Newmark resigned as Minister for Civil Society after he sent suggestive pictures to a reporter posing as a young Conservative campaigner.

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