In a surprise announcement at UKIP’s Doncaster  conference, Mark Reckless the (former) Conservative MP for Rochester and Strood has left the Conservative party and joined the UKIP ranks.

Having won the Rochester and Strood seat in 2010 with a majority of over 9000, Mr. Reckless stated that the Conservative leadership was “part of the problem that is holding the country back” and that the voters felt “ripped off and lied to”.

His resignation means that another by-election will be called.

In what appears to be becoming the standard Conservative party response, they have labeled his resignation “illogical”.

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