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Barometer | 8 June 2017

Also in Barometer: how many people do the police shoot dead? And who gets sent for deradicalisation?

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The artist Banksy had to withdraw an offer of a free print to people voting against the Conservatives in Bristol after the police warned that it would be illegal. Some other electoral offences:

— Offering food, drink or any other gift specifically to persuade people to vote in a certain way or to refrain from voting.

— To go out canvassing if you are a serving police officer.

— The Electoral Commission is not sure about the legality of taking a ballot-box selfie, but in 2014 it advised returning officers to display notices prohibiting photography inside all polling stations.

Grey power

Is politics now an old person’s game? At 128, the Conservative and Labour leaders had the oldest combined age since Eden and Attlee’s (129) in 1955.

Older party leaders:

Tory age / Labour age

1955

57 / 72

2017

60 / 68

1983

57 / 69

1979

53 / 67

1959

65 / 53

Younger party leaders:

Tory age / Labour age

2001

40 / 48

2015

48 / 45

1997

54 / 43

1966

49 / 50

1992

49 / 50

Deadly force

Police shot dead three terrorists who had killed eight people in an attack in London. What are the most frequent causes of police-related deaths?

Number of deaths in decade to 2014-15

Apparent suicides after custody

531

Other deaths

375

Road traffic fatalities

279

Deaths in police custody

188

Fatal shootings

21

Source: Independent Police Complaints Commission

Radical measures

Who is referred to the government’s Channel programme, which aims to deradicalise extremists?

3,955 people were referred in 2015.

354 were referred by teachers or other staff at educational establishments.

The age breakdown is as follows:

0-9

68

10-14

183

15-19

235

20-24

47

25-29

57

30-34

46

35-39

54

40-44

32

45-49

18

50+

25

Source: National Police Chief Council