Labour is attempting to ban smoking in cars carrying children in England.
Labour MP for Leicester East Keith Vaz could face a parliamentary investigation over reports of mystery payments into his bank account.
Labour MPs, activists and supporters are heading up the M6 to Manchester this weekend for the start of their party's annual conference.
Former Chesterfield MP, Tony Benn is spending his fourth night in hospital and is understood to be "seriously ill".
The 88-year-old former Cabinet minister was admitted to hospital over the weekend.
A family spokesman said: "Tony Benn was taken to hospital on Saturday evening after feeling unwell. He is currently receiving treatment."
Mr Benn entered Parliament in November 1950 and served in the Cabinet under Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan.
He campaigned against EU membership, oversaw the development of Concorde, narrowly missed out on election as Labour deputy leader in 1981, and was instrumental in party's 1983 manifesto.
He held a seat as MP for Chesterfield from a by-election in 1984 until 2001 when he stepped down from Parliament.
Mr Benn remains a significant figure in the Labour movement - in particular as a staunch opponent of the Iraq War.
Yesterday we reported on plans by Labour to place a ban on smoking in cars carrying children.
The plans have now moved a step closer after a vote in the House of Lords.
Campaigners say the ban will protect 500,000 children who are exposed to smoke in cars every week.
Last night's vote means it could become law if MPs are given a free vote on the issue when it returns to the Commons.
Baroness Floella Benjamin said that second hand smoke is a 'major trigger' for people who suffer from asthma.
Read more on the story here.
You have been giving us your views on our Facebook page on whether smoking in cars while carrying children should be banned.
Here is a selection of your comments:
Steven Allsop: "Smoking in cars should be banned full stop."
Stephanie Newton: "Unsure why a law should be needed. Anyone who cares about their children's health would not smoke around them wherever that is. Just be better parents and less selfish. Surely this shouldn't even be a debate."
Rachel Fairfield: "As a smoker, ban cigarettes totally! Temptation is too hard! If I had willpower I wouldn't smoke at all! Ban it!"
Diane Reed: "I agree no smoking in cars with children. But if I wish to smoke in my car on my own that's my choice."
Hayley Conway: "It should be banned altogether and save the country millions in healthcare!"
Downing Street said David Cameron was ready to "listen to the arguments" about a ban on smoking in cars that are carrying children.
The Prime Minister's official spokesman told a media briefing, "This is an issue that is going to be discussed and debated in Parliament today, and the Prime Minister's view is that he wants to listen to the arguments."
Smoking in cars that are carrying children has already been banned in some states of Canada, Australia and the US and the whole of South Africa.
Canada's Cancer Advisory Coalition claims the states' bans on smoking in cars have reduced children's exposure to second-hand smoke by 33%.
Labour is demanding a formal apology from the government for the treatment of miners during the strike of 1984 to 1985.
Recently released cabinet papers from the 1980s showed, Grantham born former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, considered sending in troops to break the strike.
Shadow Minister Michael Dugher will make the demand in the House of Commons.
The Labour Party Conference started in Brighton today, and they hope the announcement of new policies on bedroom tax and childcare will win new votes in the East Midlands.
ITV Central's political correspondent, Alison Mackenzie, reported from the Conference.
The Labour Party Conference started in Brighton today, with Birmingham MP, Jack Dromey, among their number.
The MP for Erdington insists Labour can offer 'hope' and 'inspiration', despite his party's low ratings in the polls.
Jon Ashworth, MP for Leicester South, has tweeted to say he will replace Tom Watson on Labour's National Executive Committee.
I'm made up - @ed_miliband has asked me to join our Party's National Executive Committee