According to the Downing Street grid, last week was supposed to be dominated by two set-piece events.
The simmering tensions between Michael Gove and Theresa May have their roots in the febrile aftermath of the 7 July 2005 London terror attacks.
The government is preparing plans to put pressure on parents to guarantee the good behaviour of their children in school and levy sanctions against those who do not "play their part", according to the education secretary, Michael Gove.
Ukip's seemingly relentless electoral advance stalled on Friday after the Conservatives held Newark with a larger than expected majority, partly attributed to people voting tactically to keep Nigel Farage's party out of Westminster.
David Cameron has led the Tories to their first byelection victory in a quarter of a century as a governing party after they easily beat off a challenge from Ukip to hold the safe seat of Newark.
Nigel Farage is at the centre of a new controversy over his partying in Malta hours before Ukip activists began their last day of pounding the streets in Newark in the hope of a last-minute surge against the Conservatives.
Douglas Flint, the Scottish-born chairman of HSBC bank, has come out against a yes vote in Scotland's independence referendum.
The home secretary Theresa May has gone public with direct criticisms of education secretary Michael Gove's handling of the Trojan Horse affair – suggesting an internal cabinet tussle over who can be toughest on threats of extremism.
Gordon Brown has insisted it is inevitable that the Scottish parliament will quickly gain significant new tax and legal powers after a clear consensus emerged between the main UK parties.
Labour should state explicitly that for the forseeable future it would be better if fewer EU migrants came to Britain, John Denham, the Labour MP and a former close adviser to the Labour leader Ed Miliband suggested on Monday.
George Osborne made a mistake in placing cuts of £1.3bn from personal independence payments (PIP) to disabled people in his budget in a move which triggered the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, Boris Johnson has said.
While this might be news to the many unsuspecting Londoners already glad-handed by Sadiq Khan or Zac Goldsmith, Monday marks the official starting gun for a mayoral election.