The DCLG objected to Michael Gove's plan to pull in a former head of police counter terrorism operations to oversee an investigation into schools in Birmingham.
Few European Union members want Russia to get away with its actions in eastern Ukraine. But the next phase of anti-Russian sanctions would involve EU countries taking a significant hit themselves.
The official version of events is that the prime minister was taken by surprise by Maria Miller's resignation, but my sources tell me the decision was made to "get rid of her".
Nigel Farage accused Nick Clegg of using tired old statistics. Clegg accused Farage of making them up. But with a chance to fish for Labour and Tory votes, perhaps both men were winners?
YouGov is producing an instant "who won the debate?" poll for the Sun. It's hard to imagine that will do anything other than give the Ukip leader a massive lead.
One former Labour cabinet minister said he'd be looking very carefully tonight at the size and make-up of Labour's rebellion on the welfare trap (sorry, "cap") devised by George Osborne.
With inflation at 1.7 per cent and average private sector earnings at 1.7 per cent growth, are we turning a corner and what will that mean for a Labour campaign locked on to the cost of living crisis?
Today's gathering of world leaders in the Hague to discuss nuclear safety will have an impromptu G7 gathering on its margins and it's expected to suspend Russia from the club.
The truth is the bulk of EU countries didn't have the appetite to risk their own economic well-being in punishing Russia. And we are still in phase two of a three phase process.