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Street artist Banksy's election offer backfires

Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 01:30

Mysterious street artist Banksy recalls his offer of free prints of his work for Bristol voters who vote against the Conservatives in Britain's general election on Thursday. Mia Womersley reports.

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His street art is some of the most famous in the world. So when mysterious graffiti artist Banksy offered free prints of his work to voters in his hometown of Bristol, England it caused a stir. Why? Because there was a catch. The Guardian newspaper reporting constituents needed to send a photo of their ballot papers from the UK's general election this Thursday (June 8) showing they voted against the Conservatives. Labelling it an election souvenir special, Banksy was offering an exclusive new print of his famous "girl with balloon". But with the red heart replaced by the union flag. A legal note beneath the post insisted the offer was in no way meant to influence the choice of the electorate. But the police didn't agree. Investigating the offer after receiving a number of complaints. And posting a message to Twitter stating it's a criminal offence for any voter to accept or agree to accept a gift in return for voting. Warning they could be at risk of prosecution. And clearly Banksy heard the message loud and clear, statement on his website recalling the offer. Stating he's been warned by the Electoral Commission that the free print offer will invalidate the election result. And regretfully announcing his "ill-conceived and legally dubious promotion" has now been cancelled.

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Street artist Banksy's election offer backfires

Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 01:30