Mansfield had a lucky escape from the clutches of a cosmic villain as election fever swept Nottinghamshire last night.
A Mansfield voter decided to plunge the General election into a parallel universe by voting for Star Wars infiltrator Darth Vader.
Mr Vader, a Death Star proprietor was a late entrant as a Mansfield candidate in this year’s general election - at least on this voting card, which was revealed on a Tweet from @killer_kitsch last night.
Vader, who appeared as a Galactic Empire candidate, from Nottinghamshire postcode NG196DZ, had mysteriously replaced Labour’s Sir Alan Meale.
It appears the Force was not with Mr Vader on this particular occasion as his dastardly plan to exercise power through the democratic process unravelled.
A spokesman was unable to confirm reports that Mr Vader was considering resigning his position as Supreme Commander of the Empire this morning.