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The Blunkett Legacy


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The Home Secretary, David Blunkett, resigned on 15th December after an e-mail emerged showing a visa application for his ex-lover's nanny had been fast-tracked.

David Blunkett

Was he right to resign?

Timeline of Blunkett's departure

A Mixed Legacy?

The Allegations

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The e-mail had said "no favours but slightly quicker". Mr Blunkett said he had not been aware of its contents and insisted he had done nothing wrong.

But he said questions about his honesty had damaged the government. and for that reason, he decided to resign.

Downing Street has named former Education Secretary, Charles Clarke as Mr Blunkett's replacement.

Mr Blunkett took over from Jack Straw as Minister for Home Affairs. He remained in charge for three and a half years during which time the attacks on the twin towers on '9/11' took place.

Following the subsequent wars on Afghanistan and Iraq, he was involved in drawing up some controversial legislation to counter the 'war on terror'. Some of these issues such as compulsary ID cards, and internment without charge for foreign nationals accused of potential acts of terrorism, will be passed onto his successor Charles Clarke.

We take a look back at some of the interviews he has given to the Today programme during his time in charge of the Home Office.

25/11/2004: Home Secretary David Blunkett on his authoritarian badge and the new laws which Labour intends to enforce.
25/10/04: Shadow Home Secretary David Davis & Home Secretary David Blunkett on the proposed new EU asylum and immigration system. 

14/9/2004: David Blunkett responds to the Buckingham Palace security breach and outlines his plans for a "copper's contract" to set standards for the way police deal with the public.

 19/7/2004: Home Secretary David Blunkett on the proposed five year plan for law and order, and social responsibility.

11/6/2004: David Blunkett on the results coming in from the local elections.

 11/5/2004: Home Secretary David Blunkett on the assessment of police in England and Wales.

26/4/2004 ":Those (countries) who don't have secure biometric identity through their passport, visa and ID system will be known by the terrorist to be the easiest touch" - David Blunkett on his plans for ID cards.

22//2/04 : Home Secretary David Blunkett announces extra measures to stop immigration dodges, he also comments on an EU referendum.

7/04/2004: Shadow Home Affairs spokesman David Davies and Home Secretary David Blunkett on "managed migration". 

30/3/2004 Home Secretary David Blunkett and Shadow Home Secretary David Davies on Immigration and whether Home Office Minster Beverley Hughes should resign.

29/3/2004: Home Secretary, David Blunkett, on the new Serious and Organised Crime Agency.

24/2/2004: Home Secretary David Blunkett talks to us about his proposed plans for migrant workers from May 1st.

17/12/2003: "I don't believe in the death penalty": David Blunkett on Bush's support for Saddam to face the 'ultimate penalty' - he also responds to criticism of the Asylum and Immigration Bill..

27/11/2003: The government publish the new asylum bill which shows they have met their asylum targets - Home Secretary, David Blunkett.

22/11/2003: David Blunkett on the failings of the criminal justice bill, the future of trial by jury and changes that may be proposed in next weeks Queen's speech.

11/11/2003: Home Secretary David Blunkett says there was never any question of introducing identity cards straight away.
 4/11/2003: How can police forces be made more responsive to the views of the communities they serve? ACPO respond as well as Shadow Home Secretary Oliver Letwin, and Home Secretary David Blunkett.

14/10/2003: Will the government's new plan to tackle anti-social behaviour work? Hear from David Blunkett.

24/9/2003: We're getting more individualistic as a society, claims the Economic and Social Research Council - Home Secretary David Blunkett.

3/9/2004: How much should immigrants be forced to adapt to their new country before they are granted citizenship? - The Home Secretary David Blunkett.

28/8/2003: It's expected the government will be able to claim they're on target to reduce the number of people seeking asylum by 50%. Home Secretary David Blunkett.

2/8/2003: Tony Blair has set a new record for continuous service as a Labour Prime Minister, David Blunkett reflects.

18/6/2003: David Blunkett defends the government as the reshuffle row rolls on.

 11/6/2003: Home Secretary David Blunkett explains his planned reforms of the criminal justice system.

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