Party political sweets in by-election campaign
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Rochester and Strood by-election campaign candidates

Voters go to the polls in the Rochester and Strood by-election on Thursday, prompted by the defection of MP Mark Reckless from the Conservatives to UKIP.

In a Daily Politics film, Giles Dilnot spoke to the UKIP, Tory, Labour, Lib Dem and Green candidates about the vote in the Kent seat.

BBC One will cover the count with an extended This Week programme on Thursday night.

Full list of candidates in Thursday's by-election

Blog: Meet the candidates from the smaller parties

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