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Ukip's Mark Reckless wins Rochester and Strood by-election

Ukip's Mark Reckless wins the Rochester and Strood by-election with 16,867 votes, and a slim majority of 2,920 votes over the Conservatives.

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Polls close in Rochester and Strood by-election

Ukip's candidate for Rochester and Strood, Mark Reckless, pictured at a polling station earlier. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The polls have now closed in the Rochester and Strood by-election.

Mark Reckless, who defected from the Conservatives to Ukip, is the favourite to retain his seat, where he stood down when he changed parties.

Should Reckless win the seat, Ukip will have their second elected MP.

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