Mark Reckless, MP for Rochester & Strood, has announced his defection to UKIP and his resignation from Parliament.
Vince Maple, Leader of Medway Labour Group, said: “Today’s news just confirms what we suspected about the MP for Rochester and Strood. His switch from the Tories to UKIP reveals the divisions in the Medway Conservative party. I know Naushabah Khan, Labour’s candidate for Rochester & Strood, will be an excellent MP. Labour is the progressive voice – changing Medway together.”
Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, said: “This is a hammer blow to David Cameron’s already weakened authority. On the eve of his conference we again see that Conservatives’ confidence in Cameron is plummeting. David Cameron has always pandered to his right, and even now they are deserting him.
“This also underlines that UKIP are a party of Tory people, Tory policies and Tory money. It is clearer than ever that only Labour has a plan to make everyday working people across the country better off.”