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Local Elections 2013: Relative Of Guy Fawkes Elected As Ukip Councillor

03/05/2013 07:49 BST | Updated 02/07/2013 10:12 BST
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File photo dated 18/02/13 of Philip Fawkes, a distant relation of Guy Fawkes who has been elected as a UK Independence Party councillor for the South Waterside ward in Hampshire.

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

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 stashed around the Palace of Westminster was foiled.