Health secretary Alan Johnson has cleared the way for his younger colleague David Miliband to launch a leadership bid.
Helping young working families will be a central plank of Labour policy with the prime minister set to announce a £1 billion package to provide free nursery places for all two year olds.
Gordon Brown has won a boost in the polls following his intervention in the Lloyds TSB-HBOS merger last week.
Justice secretary Jack Straw outlined his ambition to make justice a "new front in public service" at the Labour conference in Manchester today.
Foreign secretary David Miliband believes a "corrosive sense of fatalism" is affecting British society.
An "army" of crime-fighters costing £5 million are to be recruited by the government, Jacqui Smith has announced.
James Purnell sought to unify Labour supporters in his speech to conference this afternoon by presenting them with the consequences of defeat at the next election.
David Miliband, attacking the media for their obsession with "personality stories", has ruled out his support for a leadership election.