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Farage tells Tory MPs to jump ship now.

Byline: JASONBEATTIE ATTIE A reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

NIGEL Farage piled pressure on David Cameron yesterday by urging Tory MPs to defect to UKIP or face defeat in next year's general election.

The UKIP leader warned that his party was gunning for more Conservative seats after their triumph in the Rochester and Strood by-election.

Tory turncoat Mark Reckless became UKIP's second elected MP after taking the Kent seat - the 271st on the party's target list - with a 2920 majority.

The PM had pledged to throw the "kitchen sink" at the contest and vowed to kick Reckless out of the House of Commons.

But the Tories' vote collapsed from 23,604 to 13,947. Labour got 6713 votes while the Lib Dems came fifth behind the Greens with just 349 votes.

Their 0.87 per cent share of the vote was the lowest recorded by any main party since World War II.

Ed Miliband admitted Labour faced a "challenge" from UKIP as he vowed to e" expose Farage's claim to bethe working-class party.

Labour's leader said: "We are the party of working people. And we will always remain the party of working people."

But he struggled " repair the damage caused by Emily Thornberry, who posted a picture of a house in Rochester draped in England flags with a white van outside.

She quit Labour's front bench after she was accused of sneering at working class people.

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