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David Blunkett said there was a tension between Tony Benn’s commitment to democracy and his conviction that politicians were likely to fail to deliver for the people. “He did bring people hope – he was an educator and he did persuade p... Continue to article
Diane Abbott said Tony Benn had been vindicated in many of his rows with the right of the Labour party. “Tony Benn brought so many people into politics. He didn’t breed cynicism; he brought so many people into the Labour party. On issues... Continue to article
Sally Anderson tipped off newspapers about her meetings with David Blunkett and payment was made in cheque to her now husband, jury told
It is a huge pleasure to be here with you tonight. And to be giving the Hugo Young Lecture. Hugo Young was a figure of great decency and integrity. He wrote beautifully and insightfully and gave journalism a good name. As Alan R... Continue to article
David Blunkett said Michael Gove was ideologically rooted and set on education reforms being carried out in his unique way. "I think Michael is ideologically rooted. I don't have a problem with that, as long as they're absolutely open ab... Continue to article
David Blunkett refused to apologise for comments he made last year suggesting tensions over Roma immigrants in Sheffield could lead to rioting, insisting he had been misquoted. “No. Very interesting piece of provocation, but I’ve been ar... Continue to article
Michael Gove hit back at criticism that he was trying to impose an education system that was too focussed on academic attainment and said geeks and nerds should be seen as “cool”. “I think we haven’t been ambitious enough academically fo... Continue to article
The Immigration Bill is due back on Thursday but more interesting than the Mills amendment could be the Dom Raab amendment. This will remove judges’ discretion on the deportation of foreign criminals. It goes further than Theresa May’s o... Continue to article
David Blunkett, Hazel Blears and Frank Field among six former Labour ministers supporting Dominic Raab Immigration amendment ...
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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