Reckless has been bullied and abused by his former Conservative colleagues who are unhappy with his defection. Nigel Farage said
Mark Reckless was subjected to really nasty, unpleasant abuse, not just at a national but local level, too.Conservative Party whips used their party conference this week to issue a warning to any Conservatives thinking of defecting to UKIP that they would suffer personal attacks from the party if they jumped ship.
This guy hasn't just crossed the floor and joined Ukip, he has resigned and forced a by-election. I would have thought that was actually beyond criticism because if people don't agree with it, they can vote against it.