The cost of police officers working overtime nearly doubled under New Labour, a report has found.
Former justice secretary Jack Straw has ruled himself out of running for the Labour party's leadership.
New health secretary Andrew Lansley has said NHS spending will continue to rise in real terms - but that efficiency savings will still be required.
Ed Balls and Andrew Adonis are among the senior Labour figures who have begun questioning the cohesiveness of the new coalition government.
The coalition government's first Cabinet meeting has agreed to implement a five per cent pay cut for all ministers.
The chairman and main financial backer of Respect has said the party "is over."
Energy secretary Chris Huhne has said new nuclear power stations could be built under the coalition government.
The new government will have to increase VAT, leading economists have said.
David Cameron has fired up the civil servants in a speech at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Bis) by telling them to "get down to work".