Isabel Hardman Isabel Hardman

Mark Reckless already arranging return to Commons as Ukip MP

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Mark Reckless seems pretty confident of a win in today’s Rochester and Strood by-election – sources have told Coffee House that the Commons authorities have been asked whether he can be introduced as a Ukip MP tomorrow so that he can vote on Clive Efford’s NHS bill.

When asked, Reckless told Coffee House:

‘In terms of the procedures, they are convoluted so I’ve asked other people to look at it in terms of what’s possible to do. Others are looking at those but I don’t know if they’ve reached a conclusion but I’m working on my speech for later.’

He added that he did want to support Efford’s bill, and then clarified that ‘I don’t know if I’m going to win yet, I look forward to going to the count, it’s a very unpredictable day’. Just as well to be prepared, though, even if polls haven’t closed yet.

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