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Mark Reckless: Ukip’s new defector is ready to take on the Tories

The political reform obsessive hopes a hyperlocal campaign will get him back into Westminster, but there's still everything to play for

By Josh Lowe  

Today's Rochester and Strood by-election will likely be the latest gain for Ukip. © Ukip

Ukip’s brand new campaign HQ in Rochester—one of the towns which makes up the Rochester and Strood constituency previously represented by Tory defector Mark Reckless—hasn’t any furniture yet. But the front of the former fantasy memorabilia shop is already painted in the party’s plum and custard colouring, and adorned with no fewer than 21 posters for Reckless’s fledging campaign for re-election. The crazy hues look…

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