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Po­lit­i­cal par­ties spent over £4m on ad­verts on Face­book and Google dur­ing the 2017 gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign, fig­ures from the Elec­to­rial Com­mis­sion show. All par­ties spent far more on Face­book than on Google. The Con­ser­va­tives top the list, spend­ing £2.1m on Face­book and £562,000 on Google, dwarf­ing Labour’s out­lay of £577,000 and £255,000. The Lib Dems spent £412,000 and £204,000. De­spite their ex­tra spend, the Tories lost 13 seats at the elec­tion; Labour gained 33.

Think stan­dard iphones are ex­pen­sive? How about one made of 24-carat gold en­graved with Vladimir Putin’s face above the Krem­lin? It’s been launched by a Rus­sianI­tal­ian com­pany called – what else? – Caviar to cel­e­brate Putin’s re­cent elec­tion vic­tory. Yours for a mere £3,500 from www.snipca. com/27352.

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