David Blunkett

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Person.png David Blunkett   Powerbase SourcewatchRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Sheffield, England
Alma materRoyal National College for the Blind, University of Sheffield

Employment.png Home Secretary Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
8 June 2001 - 15 December 2004
Preceded byJack Straw
Succeeded byCharles Clarke

Employment.png Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
6 May 2005 - 2 November 2005
Preceded byAlan Johnson
Succeeded byJohn Hutton

Employment.png Shadow Secretary of State for Health Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
18 July 1992 - 20 October 1994
Preceded byRobin Cook
Succeeded byMargaret Beckett

David Blunkett is a British Labour Party politician and has been Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside since 1987. Blind since birth, and from a poor family, he became Education Secretary from 1997 to 2001, and then Home Secretary from 2001 to 2004, when David Blunkett resigned over a scandal involving Kimberly Fortier whom he met at a party given by PR and media guru Julia Hobsbawm.

Following the 2005 General Election he was appointed to the position of Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, but was again forced to resign on 2 November 2005 after a series of reports about his external business interests during his brief time outside the cabinet.

Foreign travel

25-30 November 2007, to Israel and Palestine with Labour Friends of Israel (LFI). Travel and hospitality paid for by LFI. Accommodation paid for by LFI at a rate discounted through the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Some hospitality provided by the Palestinian Legislative Council/Palestinian Authority. Travel within Israel/Palestine provided by LFI.[1]

Media relationship

In August 2003 The Sun printed a full week of coverage dedicated to criticising asylum seekers. David Blunkett wrote an article for the paper supporting their stance. He said, "I am not in dispute with the Sun on this week’s coverage." According to journalist Peter Oborne the campaign was the result of a co-ordinated effort between The Sun and the Government. Oborne explains, "Sun readers never knew that Blunkett had quietly agreed to meet the paper and knew about the campaign before it had even started."[2]



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  1. UK Parliament, Overseas visits, registered 5 December 2007, accessed 24 November 2008.
  2. Peter Oborne, Politicians and journalists are in a conspiracy against the public, The Spectator, 4-December-2004, Accessed 24-June-2009
  3. Gaby, Hinsliff, "Blunkett is given job identity firm," Guardian, 25 March 2007, accessed 24 November 2008.
  4. Eden, Richard, "Ambitious David Blunkett finds his fortune on the internet," Telegraph, 15 November 2008], accessed 24 November 2008.