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How often has a general election been held on a Monday?

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A Monday poll?

The government was considering a general election on 14 October — a Monday. This raised eyebrows because general elections have been held on Thursdays since 1935. There are various theories about why — that it gives an incoming PM a weekend to form a new government, that it was market day in many towns, that fewer voters would be drunk than at the weekend, that by Thursday churchgoers would have forgotten the previous Sunday’s sermon at parish communion. But there is no single reason — each PM has been free to decide.

— Until 1918, general elections were held over a period of four weeks. Elections were then held on Saturday (1918), Tuesday (1931), Wednesday (1922 and 1924), and Thursday (1923 and 1929). We have never had a general election on a Monday.

Teachers’ pay

The government said it will increase teachers’ starting salaries to £30,000, an increase of £6,000. Analysis by recruitment website Glassdoor suggests only four professions offer graduates more money in their first year of employment:

Investment banking analyst£50,752
Software engineer£34,106
Business analyst£32,142
Data scientist£30,791

Teachers will earn slightly more than civil engineers (£28,475), audit assistants (£28,288) and mechanical engineers (£28,273).

Gathering storms

Is the number of hurricanes increasing? Number of North Atlantic storms which reached hurricane strength over the past two decades:

199511
19969
19973
199810
19998
20008
20019
20024
20037
20049
200515
20065
20076
20088
20093
201012
20117
201210
20132
20146
20154
20167
201710
20188

Source: NOAA

Popular attractions

The National Trust blamed last year’s heatwave for disappointing visitor numbers. What were the most-visited attractions?

Visits in 2018/19
Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland738,508
Clumber Park, Notts677,136
Attingham Park, Shropshire511,687
Cliveden, Bucks499,043
Carrick-a-Rede (clifftop and rope bridge in Northern Ireland)497,623
Waddesdon Manor, Bucks471,886