Voters would back David Cameron over Gordon Brown, according to the latest opinion poll, raising suggestions that the chancellor is losing the battle of personality politics.
Tony Blair has written to thousands of identity card critics in an attempt to gain support for the scheme, although he concedes that his arguments will do little to convince those who oppose ID cards on the grounds of civil liberties.
Peers have criticised the government's "fudged" response to their report into parliament's role in waging war, insinuating that internal divisions with the cabinet are to blame for the alleged shortcomings.
John Reid faces renewed criticism of the handling of the foreign prisoners scandal, after figures released by the Home Office show that 28 of the 189 foreign serious offenders wrongly freed from prison are still at large in the UK.
The NHS is expected to end the financial year with a small surplus, despite a rise in the number of NHS organisations in deficit.
The rules banning phone-taps on MPs should be lifted, the interception of communications commissioner has argued.