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By-election: what went wrong in Rochester and Strood?

What can the Tories learn from their by-election campaign?

By Josh Lowe  

Conservative campaign posters in Rochester highlighting Kelly Tolhurst's local credentials. © Josh Lowe

When I visited Rochester on the 10th November, two waiters stood on the high street with cigarettes smouldering in their hands, mouths open, surveying the chaos before them. “Is this all for new government?” one asked the other in a continental accent. “I don’t know,” replied his friend, before heading back into his cafe. The first waiter paused, shook his head, stubbed out his fag…

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