Ex-MP Mark Reckless named Ukip economics spokesman

Ukip has named its former MP Mark Reckless as its new economic spokesman.

Reckless moved to the party in 2014, defecting from the Conservatives in Rochester and Strood, triggering a November by-election.

After just six months as a Ukip MP, he was defeated by Tory Kelly Tolhurst in this year’s general election.

He replaces former journalist Patrick O’Flynn in the role, who resigned in May after attacking Ukip leader Nigel Farage in the aftermath of the election.

Prior to entering parliament, Reckless held roles at UBS, and management consultant Booz Allen Hamilton, and served as a solicitor at Herbert Smith until his election for the Conservatives in 2010.

Reckless says: “I am delighted to take up the economics role for the party. It is an exciting time with the European referendum now firmly on the horizon.

“One of the most important roles in that campaign will be to show to the British public the economic opportunities and advantages for British business and the wider economy when we leave the European Union.”