Ted Hughes' brother and 'most crucial influence' dies aged 95

The brother of the late poet laureate Ted Hughes, credited with being his"most crucial influence", has died.

Gerald Hughes died in Australia on Saturday, aged 95, a statement from his younger brother's estate said.

He was described as having been responsible for introducing Ted, one of the 20th century's greatest poets, to some of the subjects including nature and fishing which became a feature of his work.

Gerald emigrated in 1948 but the brothers remained close, noted in his memoir Ted And I, published in 2012.