Hazel Blears, MP for Salford and Eccles, to stand down
Hazel Blears became one of Labour's most recognisable politicians in the Blair-era.
She was always loyal and often smiling - something her detractors found irritating - but she wasn't bland and revealed an interest in tap dancing and motorbikes.
As Tony Blair handed over to Gordon Brown, Hazel Blears stood for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party. Despite coming last, the new prime minister promoted her to cabinet.
But she had a spectacular falling-out with Gordon Brown. She appeared to mock his attempt at internet broadcasting: "YouTube if you want to...." she wrote.
And when the expenses scandal hit she was one of its most high-profile casualties. Her resignation on the eve of the 2009 elections also went down badly.
No pay off for Lancashire County Council chief executive
Phil Halsall was a well-respected chief executive with major successes to his credit including enterprise zones and the Preston city deal. But when Labour took over the county council, questions began to emerge, not least over the aborted transport contract.
He has always defended his integrity and denied doing anything wrong. The new council administration clearly felt otherwise. A barrister, appointed by the government, was officially investigating what, if anything, had happened.
BNP conference: I'm in charge, says Nick Griffin
Maybe 100 people will gather in Liverpool for this year's party conference but the mood will be gloomy.
It is the BNP's first major conference since this summer's leadership election.
Hillsborough papers should be released - MPs
What was the point of the debate?
A lot is explained by the scepticism of the families who have felt let down and betrayed by the system on several occasions.
BAE Systems to announce nearly 3,000 job cuts
On Tuesday, at three BAE sites, workers will be told the grim news.
Workers may well be shocked, having assumed that the uncertainty of the government's defence review was behind them. But there is a longer-term problem of fewer Typhoons being ordered than expected. BAE is hoping to win new export deals shortly to countries including Malaysia, India, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Japan.
Boundary change plans put Salford in Manchester
The Boundary Commission's focus on equalising the size of constituencies, rather than maintaining historic links, is what's led it to propose some very unusual constituencies.
The North West will have 66 seats, compared to 72 at present, it's more if you include all of Cumbria. Only seven are totally untouched.