Two former Conservative peers are expected to defect to the UK Independence Party (Ukip) today, giving the group its first foothold in parliament.
A protest march against new sexual discrimination laws will take place outside parliament today, as peers debate a motion to annul the regulations altogether.
Residents groups on council estates will be able to issue anti-social behaviour orders (Asbos) under the latest plan from the government's 'respect' agenda.
Bosses who refuse to pay their workers the minimum wage could be fined £200 for each employee they underpay, under a new government crackdown.
The Home Office has ordered an immediate inquiry after police chiefs revealed Britons jailed for serious crimes abroad could have been cleared to work with children in the UK.