The BBC is reporting that the Brown Government wants to secure the support of the nine Democratic Unionist Party MPs on its apparently watered down proposal for the 42 day detention of terrorist suspects. It has been suggested that one possibility might be that the DUP would be offered a seat or seats on the Intelligence and Security select committee. Alternatively, the Government could agree to let the Northern Ireland Executive have all the income from the sale of surplus Army land in Northern Ireland.
Meanwhile, the Politics Home Tracker Index of 100 top UK political experts and insiders now believes the Conservatives are the overwhelming favourites to win the next general election.
As the prospect of a ‘hung Parliament’ recedes, First Minister elect Peter Robinson will surely be eager not to get off on the wrong foot with Mr Cameron.