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former Home Secretary

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Blunkett attacks Tappin detention

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.


Prostitute gives interview on Osborne

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.


Blunkett admits flaws in Extradition Act

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.


Blunkett: Fashionable for the left to be xenophobic

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.


Blunkett backs David Miliband

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.