David Beckham gets driving ban for using phone at the wheel

Former footballer off the road for six months after member of the public spots the offence David Beckham has been banned from driving for six months for using his mobile phone while driving after a member of the public photographed him using the device. The former footballer, 43, had already pleaded guilty to using the device while driving his Bentley in slowly moving traffic on Great Portland Street, central London, on 21 November. Beckham, wearing a dark grey suit and tie, was told by district judge Catherine Moore at Bromley magistrates court on Thursday that he would be temporarily disqualified, as she gave him six points to add to the six he already had for speeding matters. Moore acknowledged the …

Huawei tech would put UK-US intelligence ties at risk, official says

Chinese firms 5G equipment described as security risk after council gives partial go-ahead A US official has warned that the UKs leaked proposal to adopt Huawei technology for 5G mobile phone networks risks affecting intelligence cooperation with the US, prompting further criticism from Conservatives opposed to the plan. Robert Strayer, a deputy assistant secretary at the US state department, said on Monday that Huawei was not a trusted vendor and any use of its technology in 5G networks was a risk, contradicting the British stance. The official said if an untrusted vendor was used by the UK or another western country, the US would have to reassess the ability for us to share information and be interconnected implying that intelligence-sharing …

The Tory leadership contest: your handy idiots guide | Marina Hyde

The Conservative party is seeking a new face to lead us down the wrong path, says Guardian columnist Marina Hyde Theres a photo from Pompeii thats been doing the internet rounds a while, showing the plaster cast of a naked man. He appears to have died masturbating, even as he must have known the Vesuvian ash-cloud was approaching. Did he? Science says so fully Handmaids Tale on May in an interview for the Times that the paper was only able to give a side column to fellow contender going for a run. The same was being said of LET MY PEOPLE GO was not even Boris Johnsons maddest Telegraph column this week. Heres a more Arkham Asylum. Moving on, Amber …

Obscure no-deal Brexit group is UK’s biggest political spender on Facebook

Britains Future has spent 340,000 promoting hard exit but no one knows whos funding it The single biggest known British political advertiser on Facebook is a mysterious pro-Brexit campaign group pushing for a no-deal exit from the EU. The revelation about Britains Future, which has never disclosed the source of its funding or organisational structure, has raised concerns about the influence of dark money in British politics. The little-known campaign group has spent more than 340,000 on Facebook adverts backing a hard Brexit since the social network began publishing lists of political advertisers last October, making it a bigger spender than every UK political party and the government combined. However, there is no information available about who is ultimately paying …