Voters in St Petersburg were presented with three candidates all calling themselves Boris Vishnevsky, with two believed to have changed name and appearance to draw votes from the other. It is not the first time voters have faced a confusing choice:
— In a Moscow city election in 2019 voters had the option of voting for ‘Alexander Solovyov’ — though it turned out not to be the Alexander Solovyov who was in prison at the time and barred from standing.
— In the 2017 local election in Ferguslie Park, Glasgow, Conservative John McIntyre was elected, with many speculating that voters had meant to opt for an independent candidate called John Goudie McIntyre.
— In the European election of 2019, voters in the south-east region were offered the choice of two candidates called Alexandra Phillips, one Green and the other for the Brexit party. Both were elected.
GPs were told to offer more face-to-face appointments. How did appointments in July compare with the same month in 2019?
Total number 26.2m
Home visit 0.9%
Same day 42%
Within one day 49%
Within one week 69%
>28 days’ wait 4.7%
Total number 25.5m
Home visit 0.6%
Same day 45%
Within one day 54%
Within one week 76%
>28 days’ wait 2.5%
Source: NHS Digital
How much money did National Insurance contributions raise in 2019/20 compared with other taxes?
Income tax £193.2bn
Corporation tax £61.7bn
Fuel duties £27.6bn
Two decades on
Some figures from the 9/11 attacks:
— 2,977 deaths have been directly attributed to the attacks; 2,753 were in the World Trade Center or surrounding district.
— 2,605 were US citizens, 67 UK citizens, 47 from the Dominican Republic, 41 from India and 39 from Greece.
— There were 17,400 people in the World Trade Center when the first tower was hit.
— When the North Tower was struck, many in the South Tower reported being told to remain where they were. Nevertheless, in the 17 minutes before the second strike, 1,400 people are estimated to have fled.