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“What I would like on my gravestone is: ‘Tony Benn. He encouraged us.’ I’ve tried to understand what’s happening. In a way, I am a student. We are all born into a world we don’t understand, because it’s new, and we all die in a world w... Continue to article
Theresa May has denied that anyone in her team had any involvement in the drafting or redrafting of Fiona Woolf’s letters to the Government detailing her links with various establishment figures. Making a statement on the historical chil... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Treasury questions (topicals at 12.15pm) 12:30pm: Ministerial statement on London Borough of Tower Hamlets Main business Ten minute rule motion: Abortion (Sex-Selection) Bill (Fiona Bruce, Con, Congleton)... Continue to article
David Blunkett said amendments to a letter by abuse inquiry chair Fiona Woolf called into question her suitability for the role. "Until today, I was very sympathetic to her staying. She is part of the establishment, but you would expect... Continue to article
David Blunkett said immigrants entering the UK should earn their entitlements. “I was being clear in my article in the Daily Mail that if people don’t work then we have the right under existing EU law to actually say: ‘I am very sorry yo... Continue to article
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, has rejected accusations that the Conservatives have been “soft on standards” in schools. During Education Questions, Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt labelled Ms Morgan's praise of the 97% of qu... Continue to article
David Blunkett said he was in favour of the plans for the so-called HS3 in principle, but argued that construction on high-speed lines should have started in Yorkshire. “I’m in favour in principle. I think it would have been better if we... Continue to article
David Blunkett said the acquittal of the radical cleric Abu Qatada in a Jordanian court was a "paradox". "Abu Qatada has managed to do what he wanted to do, which was to prevaricate for ten years from 2004 onwards in terms of extradition... Continue to article
David Blunkett said Labour were not anti-business, "despite a tendency to try and paint" Ed Miliband as such. "It shows I’m on your side, rather than on the side of vested interests and big business, and I don’t make any apologies. This ... Continue to article
David Blunkett, one of the architects of the US-UK extradition treaty, has said he is "deeply concerned" at the treatment of British businessman Christopher Tappin. Mr Blunkett worried Mr Tappin he had been denied bail “in circumstances where it is absolutely clear that there’s no question that he would abscond”, and called on the Government to intervene on his behalf.
A prostitute who was photographed with Chancellor George Osborne in front of what appeared to be a line of cocaine is to give a television interview about how she became a victim of tabloid phone hacking. Natalie Rowe, who appeared in two tabloid newspapers with Mr Osborne in 2005, may also shed light on why he later recommended Andy Coulson to work as the Conservatives' communications chief. Mr Osborne has always denied taking drugs with Ms Rowe.
In the continuing phone hacking investigation, police have discovered David Blunkett's phone was hacked by Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator employed by the News of the World. Gordon Brown has asked that the scope of Operation Weeting, be widened to include an investigations company called Abbey Investigators.
David Blunkett has admitted that the Extradition Act, which was passed under his tenure as home secretary, may have "given too much away" to America. The Act is currently under scrutiny due to the extradition case of Asperger’s sufferer Gary McKinnon.
David Blunkett has hit out at Labour's recent comments on immigration, saying that it has become "almost fashionable on the left to be xenophobic". Writing in the Guardian, the former Home Secretary warned that Labour cannot "outdo the Conservatives" in relation to immigration, and urged Labour to ensure that it does not become portrayed as a racist, anti-immigration party.
Former Labour Cabinet Minister David Blunkett is in talks to take up a post with Iain Duncan Smith's thinktank, the Centre for Social Justice, according to reports.
Former Labour cabinet minister David Blunkett has backed David Miliband for his second preference, as his first choice Andy Burnham trails in the campaign. In an interview with the Guardian Mr Blunkett also questions Ed Miliband's leadership credentials.
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