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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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Osborne: Miliband speech 'so forgettable, he forgot it himself'

George Osborne has joked that Ed Miliband's speech to last week's Labour Party conference was "so forgettable, he forgot it himself".

Mr Miliband forgot a key passage on the deficit, something the Chancellor said was a "disqualification for the high office he seeks".

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