Ed Miliband has told ITV News that Labour behaved with "complete integrity" over the scandal surrounding the Co-op bank and Paul Flowers.
Patrick McLoughlin will continue the Government's fightback over the high-speed rail project by unveiling - yet another - business case.
Labour veteran Tony Benn may be older but he has lost none of his sharpness as he reflects on his life in politics.
Dame Tessa Jowell is to retire as an MP at the general election after nearly a quarter of a century in the Commons, the former Cabinet minister has told her local constituency party.
The Labour stalwart, who served in Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's Cabinets and as culture secretary played a central role in bringing the 2012 Olympics to London, is not seeking re-election in 2015.
The Dulwich and West Norwood MP stepped down from the Shadow Cabinet last year after seeing the hugely-successful Games through to their closing ceremony as shadow Olympics minister.
Labour Leader Ed Miliband has accused David Cameron of making "unjustified smears" over the scandal of former Co-op bank chairman Paul Flowers.
Mr Miliband said the Prime Minister was only interested in scoring "cheap political points" not sorting out the "serious situation" at the bank.
And he said if Mr Cameron was determined to "smear his way through the next 18 months" that it was "not what the British people expect of their Prime Minister".
The Chancellor reportedly pressed the European Union to spare the Co-operative Bank from tougher rules applied to big listed banks, according to the Financial Times.
George Osborne has reportedly asked for an independent inquiry into the troubles at the bank, but Shadow Treasury Secretary Chris Leslie claimed the Chancellor himself has questions to answer.
Mr Leslie said: "There are now serious questions for George Osborne to answer about how the Co-operative Bank got into trouble on his watch and his role over the last three years.
"The Chancellor and his ministers actively encouraged the bank's failed bid for 632 Lloyds branches, with reports of 30 ministerial meetings to smooth the way for this deal.
"What due diligence was done by the Chancellor and the Treasury into the state of the Co-op Bank and its leadership? And why did the Chancellor argue in Brussels for the Co-op Bank to be spared from tougher rules?".
Labour leader Ed Miliband has criticised the Government over the rising cost of childcare, claiming there is a "childcare crunch" affecting families.
Here are a selection of ITV News viewers' opinions on the subject:
– Jenny Collins
When Labour were in power, my kids were little. Childcare costs were higher than any wage I could have earned so I couldn't have afforded to work even if I wanted to, and that was under Labour!
– Lucy Smith
[It's] too expensive, I can't return to my job when my maternity is up because the cost for both my boys (both under three) is more than my part time wage! Ridiculous.
– Julie Dodds
I am a childminder and I would love to know where the 30% increase in costs figure came from, because no childminder that I know has put their fees up that much if at all since the election!
Big banks should pay for extended free childcare to help ease cost of living pressures on families, Ed Miliband has told Daybreak.
The Labour leader said he wants to extend the free childcare for three and four-year-olds from 15 to 25 hours a week, which he claims would be the equivalent of about £1,500 a year saving for families who "are really struggling to cope.
"The banks are actually making very big profits and I think they can afford a bit more to help families," he said.
"It's one of those things that is going to be good for the country, because not every parent is going to want to work... but seven out of 10 mums are saying 'I want to go back to work but I can't because of the cost of childcare'".
Ed Miliband maintained there were "hundreds" of Sure Start centres which had been forced to close due to Government cuts, despite the Department of Education's claim only 45 had closed.
The Labour leader was adamant "our figures are correct" and that there were now 576 fewer Sure Start centres since the last General Election.
He went on to continue his party's pledge to support primary school children as well as under-fives with adequate childcare if Labour win the next election.
The Department for Education has disputed Ed Miliband's childcare figures, saying they "could not be further from the truth".
Mr Miliband claims there are 35,000 fewer childcare places and 576 fewer Sure Start centres since the last General Election.
However, the Department for Education said only 45 Sure Start centres have shut down since 2010 and new ones have opened with a record number of parents using them.
Nick Clegg defended the Government's record on social mobility and claimed the most deprived members of the next generation would have their chances improved through free childcare.
Speaking on the Andrew Marr show, the Deputy Prime Minister reiterated his pledge for 92,000 of the UK's poorest toddlers to have 15 hours of free childcare per week.
One of the "most important things" to improve social mobility is to "start early", he told Mr Marr.
Clegg continued: "For the 20% lowest income families, for the first time ever their two-year-olds will get 15 hours pre school support.
"Their three-four-year-olds will receive 15 hours of pre-school support."
Ed Miliband has vowed to make adequate, cost effective childcare part of his "One Nation Labour" vision.
In a speech expected later today, the Labour leader will offer to extend the hours three and four-year-olds can spend on a free nursery place.
– Labour leader Ed Miliband
One Nation Labour would stand up for families and make work pay. We would extend free nursery places for three and four year-olds from 15 to 25 hours a week for parents at work.
And we would offer a legal guarantee to parents with kids at primary school that they can access breakfast clubs or homework clubs, allowing mums and dads to do a full days' work knowing their children are safe and cared for."