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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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Boris struggles to recall Clacton candidate's name

Boris Johnson has come unstuck during a live radio appearance where he appeared not to know the name of the Tory candidate in the Clacton by-election.

Former 'Bread' actor Giles Watling has been chosen to take on Tory defector Douglas Carswell in the Essex town, with Mr Carswell strongly predicted to become Ukip's first elected MP.

Boris Johnson slipped up when quizzed about the Clacton by-election. Credit: John Phillips/EMPICS Entertainment

However, speaking on LBC radio, the London Mayor struggled to identify the Conservative who was taking on Mr Carswell.

"We've got a fantastic guy called ... superb man ... Stirling, Girling, something like that," he said.

Mr Johnson admitted it would be a "a disappointment" if the Conservatives lose the seat, but insisted the party would "fight again" for the seat at next year's general election.

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