Nigel Farage has said UKIP can become a major force in Parliament at next year’s election after its victory in the Rochester and Strood by-election.

UKIP’s leader said Mark Reckless’s win made him think the party could take twice as many seats as it had thought.

Mr Reckless gained 16,867 votes, 2,920 more than Conservative Kelly Tolhurst’s 13,947, with Labour’s Naushabah Khan on 6,713 – ahead of the Green Party.

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