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Captain Beany loses out to Stephen Kinnock in Aberavon

Captain Beany stood as a candidate for Aberavon - but lost out to Labour's Stephen Kinnock. Photo: Benjamin Wright/PA Wire

A self-proclaimed superhero and charity champion called Captain Beany has literally used his head in his bid to become an MP.

The 60-year-old, who was standing in the Aberavon constituency in South Wales, showed off his new tattoo of baked beans covering his entire scalp during the count at Neath Sports Centre.

Mr Beany - whose fundraising stunts are the stuff of legend in his home town of Port Talbot - spent two gruelling days having the design inked onto his forehead in a bid to raise cash for a young girl with cerebral palsy.

"It took two days of sheer agony to have it done, but it was worth it," he said.

"People paid £60 to have their initials tattooed on my head - and there's 60 of them in all. It was all part of a campaign to raise money for a little girl called Marlie-Grace Roberts, who has a rare condition."

Captain Beany shows off his tattoo during the General Election count at Neath Sports Centre. Credit: Benjamin Wright/PA Wire

The orange-clad eccentric claims to hail from the Planet Beanus and has set up a Bean Museum in his house.

He lost out this time around to Labour's Stephen Kinnock.

But he said: "As long as I get my deposit back and raise awareness for a good cause, then I'm happy."

Beany received 1,137 votes - 3.6% of the vote - this time around.

Last time, in 2010, Beany received 558 votes - 1.8% of the vote.

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