Like most Conservatives, Patrick McLoughlin, the transport secretary, is in a cheery mood as he heads for his party conference in Manchester.
Denis Healey, who has died at the remarkable age of 98, was a practical man of power and of paradox.
The Scottish government has been warned by a spending watchdog that it is failing to publish enough data on public sector spending and borrowing, including billions of pounds worth of pension liabilities.
The crises of mass migration and Greek debt have hit the European Union like an “an out-of-control bulldozer”, forcing its leaders to rethink David Cameron’s call for fundamental reform, the cabinet’s leading Eurosceptic has said.
Jeremy Corbyn conceded that it would not be easy to revive Labour’s position in Scotland but promised “hard work and dour activities” as he made his first visit to the nation since his election as party leader.
Tom Watson has issued a plea for Labour unity by describing Jeremy Corbyn as the right choice to lead the party as he challenged MPs who have failed to accept his victory.
The education secretary, Nicky Morgan, has said she would consider standing for the leadership of the Conservative party when David Cameron steps down.
The Labour leadership runner-up and new shadow home secretary, Andy Burnham, has set himself a mission of “winning back lost Labour voters from Ukip” by reframing the party’s approach to immigration.
Critics have rounded on Boris Johnson after the former mayor of London quit the Conservative leadership race accused of having created a Brexit crisis without confronting the aftermath.
Heidi Alexander, who quit as shadow health secretary last weekend, has criticised John McDonnell’s “totally unacceptable” conduct in setting up a team of NHS policy advisers without telling her.