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Guy Fawkes relative elected UKIP councillor

A distant relation of Guy Fawkes has been elected as a UK Independence Party councillor in Hampshire.

Retired headteacher Philip Fawkes and the would-be bomber shared a common ancestor in the Gunpowder Plotter's 15th century great-great-grandfather.

Mr Fawkes won the South Waterside ward in Hampshire County Council for Ukip.

When Mr Fawkes's candidacy was announced, party leader Nigel Farage said it showed "the blood of rebellion still runs in his veins".

Mr Fawkes defeated the Tory incumbent Alexis McEvoy, taking the ward with a majority of 315 and a 37.2% share of the vote.

Guy Fawkes's plan to kill King James I, MPs and Lords at the state opening of Parliament in 1605 by detonating 36 barrels of gunpowder was foiled.

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Tory majority in Essex slashed by UKIP breakthrough

The Conservative majority on Essex County Council was slashed from 45 to 9 Credit: ITV Anglia

The Conservatives are still in power on Essex County Council but they've been severely battered by Labour and UKIP gains. The Tories retain a working majority but their share of their vote fell below 35% - their worst showing in the county for more than four decades.

Although Labour gained eight councillors on their position at the last election in 2009 it was UKIP who surged ahead. The anti-EU party took the second largest slice of the popular vote with 27% of all votes.

The Lib Dems slumped into fourth place behind Labour.

The Greens will be in County Hall for the first time in Essex after winning in Witham and Rochford.

Click here for the full Essex results

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