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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: Boris Johnson 'is a Conservative star'

Boris Johnson is "a real Conservative star" who will be a welcome addition to the Tory team fighting the next general election, George Osborne has told Good Morning Britain.

Responding to polling indicating that the London mayor would be a more popular leader of the party than David Cameron, the Chancellor said: "We want the best team on the pitch. We want Boris as our striker on the pitch and that is what he is going to do under the leadership of David Cameron."

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