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.
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