Rochester & Strood

Parliamentary constituency
CON WIN

Results

Conservative
, with candidate Kelly Tolhurst
, have the following results:
  • 23,142 total votes taken.
  • 44.1% share of the total vote
  • -5.1% change in share of the votes
UKIP
, with candidate Mark Reckless
, have the following results:
  • 16,009 total votes taken.
  • 30.5% share of the total vote
  • +30.5% change in share of the votes
Labour
, with candidate Naushabah Khan
, have the following results:
  • 10,396 total votes taken.
  • 19.8% share of the total vote
  • -8.7% change in share of the votes
Green Party
, with candidate Clive Gregory
, have the following results:
  • 1,516 total votes taken.
  • 2.9% share of the total vote
  • +1.4% change in share of the votes
Liberal Democrat
, with candidate Prue Bray
, have the following results:
  • 1,251 total votes taken.
  • 2.4% share of the total vote
  • -13.9% change in share of the votes
TUSC
, with candidate Dan Burn
, have the following results:
  • 202 total votes taken.
  • 0.4% share of the total vote
  • +0.4% change in share of the votes

Change compared with 2010

CON majority: 7,133 13.6%
Turnout
66.5%

Vote share

Party %
CON 44.1
UKIP 30.5
LAB 19.8
GRN 2.9
LD 2.4
TUSC 0.4

Vote share change since 2010

-%
+%
UKIP
+30.5
GRN
+1.4
TUSC
+0.4
CON
-5.1
LAB
-8.7
LD
-13.9

Latest updates Rochester & Strood

08.05.2015

14:16

Political colours in the South East

BBC South East political editor Louise Stewart looks at the political makeup of the South East and whether Nigel Farage may be destined for the House of Lords.
11:54

UKIP fails to secure target seats

Mark Reckless of UKIP loses his seat in Rochester and Strood to the Conservatives and party leader, Nigel Farage fails to be elected in South Thanet.
10:59
Louise Stewart
Political editor, South East
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The wheels have come off for UKIP in Kent. South Thanet was Nigel Farage's seventh attempt at a Westminster seat. Surely it'll be his last?

09:48

'Born and bred' in constituency

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The new Rochester & Strood MP, Kelly Tolhurst, has said she will "fight for her area".

She said: "I was born and bred in this constituency and care passionately about the place I've lived all my life and about the people I've grown up with.

"By electing me as your MP you have elected someone who will fight for this area and the people to deliver what is needed."

08:54

UKIP's Reckless loses seat to Tories

UKIP MP Mark Reckless loses the seat of Rochester & Strood to the Conservatives.
08:43

Reckless praises 'bloody-minded' constituency

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UKIP's losing candidate Mark Reckless describes Rochester & Strood as a "proud patriotic, sometimes bloody-minded patch of England".

He tells new MP Kelly Tolhurst he hopes she gets as "much satisfaction out of representing" the area as he did.

08:14
Breaking

Conservative gain

The Conservatives have taken Rochester & Strood from UKIP.

08:13

'Result soon'

Ellie Price
BBC News
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Rochester declaration expected imminently.

02:08

Focus on UKIP

Piers Hopkirk
BBC South East Today
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One man is proving the focus of attention in Medway - UKIP's Mark Reckless who is standing for Rochester & Strood.

01:14

Tories confident

Piers Hopkirk
BBC South East Today
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Conservatives in Medway are confident of overturning last November's by-election result, says BBC South East's Piers Hopkirk.

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They're hoping to take Rochester & Strood back from UKIP.

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Constituency profile

This largely industrial area in the conurbation of Medway in Kent usually follows the national trend by electing a member of the governing party. But in 2014 it elected UKIP MP Mark Reckless, in a by-election caused by his defection from the Conservatives. Rochester and Strood contains the two Medway towns and the Hoo peninsula area between the Thames and Medway estuaries. The peninsula and the Isle of Grain are largely marshland with heavy industry in the south - a container port and the gas-fired power station. To the west, the seat is more urban.

This seat has a larger than average number of young adults and fewer pensioners, according to the 2011 Census. The construction industry is a major employer.

Conservative Mark Reckless won the seat in 2010 with a majority of 9,953 over Labour. In 2014 he was re-elected as a UKIP MP, beating the Conservatives by nearly 3,000 votes.