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Tory crisis: The most famous defectors in British politics

As another Tory MP pledges allegiance to Nigel Farage's party, we look back at some of history's defining political defections

By Josh Lowe  

Mark Reckless with his new party leader Nigel Farage. © Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

As Tory conference began over the weekend, David Cameron was stung by a string of headlines about Mark Reckless, the Tory MP who has followed his colleague Douglas Carswell in defecting to UKIP. With rumours abounding of more departures, and Ukip’s Nigel Farage claiming the party is talking to Labour MPs as well, this could be the start of a…

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