Tom Watson has apologised to the widow of Leon Brittan for causing distress after facing criticism from a senior officer and Conservative MPs for his role in a 40-year-old rape allegation.
Seumas Milne, the Guardian journalist, has been appointed executive director of strategy and communications for the Labour party.
The CBI has signalled its determination to campaign for Britain to remain in the EU, as the battle lines are drawn for the country’s in-out referendum campaign.
Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, will use a speech on Wednesday to spell out what the Bank believes will be the financial implications of Britain leaving the European Union.
Michael Ashcroft, the former Conservative party deputy chairman who upset Downing Street with his recent biography of David Cameron, has spent 18 days in intensive care in the US after suffering liver and renal failure.
George Osborne has fended off Conservative MPs anxious at proposed cuts to tax credits at a private meeting of party’s 1922 backbench committee, by insisting the changes have to go ahead and warning that if he had not acted then £15bn worth of spending cuts would have to be found elsewhere.
Norman Warner, a Labour health minister between 2003 and 2007, became the first Jeremy Corbyn-era Labour parliamentarian to resign the whip, saying Labour is no longer “a credible party of government-in-waiting”.
A tense round of negotiations is to be held at senior levels in Whitehall over the next month as a series of cabinet ministers fight Treasury plans to produce departmental savings of £20bn in next month’s spending review.
A major drive is to be launched against “entryist” infiltration of the public sector, charities and businesses by Islamist and other extremists as a key part of the government’s new counter-extremist strategy.
A Conservative MP who spent the first three months of this year working as a barrister in a high-profile trial of a Sun journalist, earned more than £800,000 from his second job in the past two years.
Thangam Debbonaire, the Labour MP who was mistakenly appointed to a shadow ministerial role by Jeremy Corbyn, said she spent six weeks working on her brief while having treatment for cancer before she was told she did not have the job.
A former Tory peer accused of submitting false expenses has been formally acquitted after parliament made an unexpected intervention in the case.