UKIP hoping for by-election victory

  • UKIP are hoping to secure their second MP in the House of Commons with a by-election victory later tonight. 
  • Mark Reckless standing as the party's candidate in Rochester and Strood.
  • Reckless defected to UKIP from the Conservative Party, triggering a by-election. 
  • Polls have closed; Guardian reporting that some Tories are privately conceding defeat.

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