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Rochester and Strood by-election, 2014

UKIP gain from Conservative

A by-election was held for the Rochester and Strood constituency on 20 November 2014 following the resignation of UKIP MP Mark Reckless, after defecting from the Conservatives.

Reckless contested the seat again under his new party affiliation. The Conservatives held a postal open primary contest to select their candidate, won by Rochester West Cllr Kelly Tolhurst. Labour chose public relations consultant Naushabah Khan, the Liberal Democrats selected previous Rochester and Strood candidate and Gillingham South Cllr Geoff Juby, while the Greens stood bass player Clive Gregory.

Britain First stood their deputy leader Jayda Fransen. Nick Long stood for the normally Lewisham-based People Before Profit. Dave Osborn, best known for winning only two votes in a previous by-election, was the candidate of the Patriotic Socialist Party. Finally, there were also four independent candidates - Mike Barker MBE, Christopher Challis, Stephen Goldsborough and also "high-class courtesan" Charlotte Rose who previously stood in the Clacton by-election.

Mark Reckless gained the seat for UKIP.

Result

UKIP
42.0%
Conservative
34.8%
Labour
16.7%
Green
4.2%
Liberal Democrats
0.9%
Official Monster Raving Loony
0.4%
Goldsborough
0.2%
People Before Profit
0.2%
Britain First
0.1%
Barker
0.1%
Rose
0.1%
Patriotic Socialist
0.1%
Challis
0.1%

Party Candidate Votes % Change
UKIP Mark Reckless 16,867 42.0% n/a
Conservative Kelly Tolhurst 13,947 34.8% -14.4%
Labour Naushabah Khan 6,713 16.7% -11.8%
Green Clive Gregory 1,692 4.2% +2.7%
Liberal Democrats Geoff Juby 349 0.9% -15.4%
Official Monster Raving Loony Hairy Knorm Davidson 151 0.4% n/a
Independent Stephen Goldsborough 69 0.2% n/a
People Before Profit Nick Long 69 0.2% n/a
Britain First Jayda Fransen 56 0.1% n/a
Independent Mike Barker 54 0.1% n/a
Independent Charlotte Rose 43 0.1% n/a
Patriotic Socialist Dave Osborn 33 0.1% n/a
Independent Christopher Challis 22 0.1% n/a
Turnout: 50.7% (-14.2%) - Majority: 2,920 (7.3%) - Swing: n/a


2010 Result

Conservative
49.2%
Labour
28.5%
Liberal Democrats
16.3%
English Democrats
4.5%
Green
1.5%

Party Candidate Votes %
Conservative Mark Reckless 23,604 49.2%
Labour Teresa Murray 13,651 28.5%
Liberal Democrats Geoff Juby 7,800 16.3%
English Democrats Ron Sands 2,182 4.5%
Green Simon Marchant 734 1.5%
Turnout: 64.9% - Majority: 9,953 (20.7%)


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