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Mid-term elections which will soon be forgotten? Or a pivotal moment which will help determine the fate of the political parties?
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Ian Bruce, the Conservatives spokesman in Dorset, blamed voters opting for UKIP for allowing Labour to win seats from the Conservatives on the new look County Council..
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.
The Conservatives lost two seats but still won 27 of the 45 seats on Dorset County Council.
Lib Dems 12
Labour & Co-operative 2
The Conservatives have remained in overall control of Dorset County Council. Counts held overnight have revealed that the Conservatives won 27 of the 45 seats
The make up of the new county council is: Conservative 27 , Lib Dems 12 and Labour 3.
Ken Thornber had decided, after the recent leadership contest, to step down after the local elections.
Ken Thornber, leader of Hampshire County Council, is reported to be resigning after the election results. The Conservatives lost six seats...UKIP gained 10. The council leader retained his Brockenhurst seat...last year he won a close leadership contest.
In Hampshire UKIP have gained 10 seats on the county council. The Conservatives' tally of seats is down from 51 to 45. The Lib Dems had 24 seats, and now have 17. Labour had one councillor, and now have four.
Martin Lyon, who won the Bishopstoke seat in Hampshire, says UKIP did well because of the Eastleigh by-election.