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David Blunkett said Michael Gove's public persona contradicted how the new Chief Whip conducted himself privately. "Perhaps the contradictions – public and private – have become overwhelming: Public in terms of preaching that there shoul... Continue to article
Sharon Hodgson said that media coverage of Parliament did not fairly reflect the diversity of MPs. “I think the first glass ceiling we had to break, for women and people from working-class backgrounds was getting into Parliament, and the... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Scotland questions (topicals at 11.53am) 12 noon: Prime minister questions 12.30pm: Presentation of bills: Affordable Homes Bill; International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill; Euro... Continue to article
David Blunkett's commitment and determination have carried him to the highest positions in politics.
David Blunkett said his greatest achievement as an MP was changing public attitudes to disability. "By next year it will be 28 years in Parliament, but it will actually be 45 years since I was elected to Sheffield City Council, and I pro... Continue to article
Next Tuesday Michael Gove will overtake David Blunkett to become longest serving Education Secretary since Sir Keith Joseph (1981-86)
David Blunkett called for a cross-party review of allegations of Islamic extremists infiltrating schools and said the problem was much bigger and more important than Michael Gove's ideology. “We do need a cross-party and I would suggest... Continue to article
Her Majesty the Queen opens the 2014/15 session of Parliament with the Queen's Speech (11.30) Prime minister David Cameron attends the G7 summit in Brussels (19.00) Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is expected to address the Liberal D... Continue to article
David Blunkett wants teachers’ unions to merge. Children need them to grow up Continue to article
David Blunkett said his report on Labour's school reforms was about driving up standards and not imposing more bureaucracy. "What I've tried to do is to take the evidence from the National Audit Office, the Public Accounts Committee, the... 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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