George Osborne is under pressure from Conservative MPs to introduce a promised marriage tax allowance to ensure that stay-at-home parents are not penalised by new childcare benefits unveiled by the government on Tuesday.
Voters are less likely to back the government's core economic policies when they are told they come from George Osborne, a poll revealed as the Tory party chairman, Grant Shapps, rounded on the business secretary, Vince Cable, for mixing up his duties as a politician with his desire to be a commentator.
Downing Street is at war with Theresa May after the Tory high command turned its fire on the home secretary for moving to position herself ahead of a possible leadership contest.
Cometh the hour, cometh the woman. Or rather, the women: for it seems you wait three decades for another plausible female prime minister, only for two to arrive at once.
George Osborne made one thing crystal clear in his first speech as chancellor of the exchequer on 17 May 2010. Under his stewardship of the economy, there would be no more fiddling of the figures, no more hoodwinking the public about the true state of the nation's finances.
The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have suffered a double blow as Nigel Farage's UK independence party soared to 17% in the latest Opinium/Observer poll, and a large majority of voters have said they believe coalition economic policies are harming the country.
George Osborne is being blamed by rightwing Conservatives for fuelling speculation about the leadership ambitions of Theresa May as part of the chancellor's attempt to "disable" cabinet ministers who are fighting further spending cuts.
Political divisions over continuing austerity widened as the business secretary, Vince Cable, warned David Cameron that very serious damage will be done to British industry if the prime minister continues to insist only some departments will be subject to spending cuts .
David Cameron and Nick Clegg slapped down a call by Vince Cable for increased government borrowing to fund capital investment as they both warned of the dangers of pushing up interest rates.
Theresa May has burnished her rightwing credentials as a candidate for the Conservative party leadership by suggesting that immigrants may be forced to pay a cash bond if they want to travel to Britain.
The shadow foreign secretary, Douglas Alexander, has accused David Cameron of being more concerned about the threat of the UK Independence party (Ukip) than the economy in focusing on Britain's membership of the EU.
Over half of the British public believe that the UK should withdraw from the EU if David Cameron cannot negotiate a significant return of powers, a new poll reveals.
One of Angela Merkel's closest allies has warned David Cameron not to try to blackmail the rest of Europe.