Which prime minister spent the most on their Downing Street flat, according to figures reported over the years?
Margaret Thatcher £0 (Kept 1960s kitchen. Is reputed to have paid for her own ironing board)
Tony Blair £127,000 spent on larger flat above No. 11 (including wallpaper reputed to have cost £70 a roll)
Gordon Brown £84,000
David Cameron £92,900 (with £64,000 spent on kitchen and bathroom)
Theresa May £25,500
Boris Johnson Between £88,000 and £200,000 (according to various reports)
But all were eclipsed by the £650,000 of public money spent by former Lord Chancellor Derry Irvine on his flat in the Lords, including £59,000 of wallpaper.
How many people bother turning out for local elections even when there isn’t a pandemic on?
2019 37% (coincided with European elections)
2015 66% (Overall turnout includes for general election held on same day. Specific turnout for local elections was given as 20 million out of an electorate of 31.5 million, i.e. 63.5%)
Source: Electoral Commission
In the round
A retractable floor is to be installed at the Colosseum in Rome. How did it compare with a modern stadium?
— According to records of the time it could seat 87,000 spectators, just 3,000 fewer than the present Wembley stadium. Seats were 40cm wide, compared with 50cm in the new Wembley.
— The population of Rome at the time was 300,000 adults. If Wembley were to hold as high a proportion of Greater London it would need more than 2 million seats.
— Modelling suggests it could be emptied as quickly as the best modern stadiums.
Have transport numbers nearly returned to pre-pandemic levels? Trips made at the end of April (and in April last year), compared with normal levels:
Car journeys 93% (39%)
National rail 34% (4%)
Tube 37% (5%)
Vans 107% (48%)
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