Mark Reckless made British political history in the early hours of this morning by becoming the second MP elected to Westminster under a UKIP banner.
Accepting victory at just after 4am, Mark thanked the people of Rochester & Strood for showing their support for his decision to leave the Conservative Party for UKIP.
Referencing research that put his electorate at 271 in a list of likely UKIP seats, Mark said: "If we can win here, we can win across the country. If you vote UKIP, you get UKIP.
"Imagine what it would be like to have a block of UKIP MPs at Westminster large enough to hold the balance of power.
"If you believe in an independent Britain, come with us and we will give you back your country."
The results of the by-election were:
|Lib Dem||Geoff Juby||349||0.87||-15.39|
|Green Party||Clive Gregory||1692||4.22||+2.69|
|Britain First||Jayda Fransen||56||0.14||-|
|Patriotic Socialist Party||Dave Osborn||33||0.08||-|
|People Before Profit||Nick Long||69||0.17||-|
|Official Monster Raving Loony Party||Hairy Knorm Davidson||151||0.38||-|
|Conservative to UKIP swing 28%||UKIP Majority||2,920|