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Labour: UKIP by-election victory is a humiliation for PM

Labour's Douglas Alexander has described UKIP's victory in the Rochester and Strood by-election in Kent as, "a humiliation for the prime minister."

Mark Reckless, who had defected from the Conservatives, took 16,867 votes - 2,920 more than Conservative Kelly Tolhurst's 13,947.

Labour finished third with 6,713 votes and saw the resignation of shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry after she tweeted a photo of a Rochester house with England flags and a white van.

Mr Alexander said, "What she did was wrong, she's paid the price and she has resigned."

  • 21 Nov 2014
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