David Blunkett


David Blunkett
The Right Honourable
David Blunkett
MP
Blunkett in April 2010
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
In office
6 May 2005 – 2 November 2005
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Alan Johnson
Succeeded by John Hutton
Home Secretary
In office
8 June 2001 – 15 December 2004
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Jack Straw
Succeeded by Charles Clarke
Secretary of State for Education and Employment
In office
2 May 1997 – 8 June 2001
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Gillian Shephard
Succeeded by Estelle Morris (at DES)
Member of Parliament
for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough
Sheffield Brightside (1987-2010)
Incumbent
Assumed office
11 June 1987
Preceded by Joan Maynard
Majority 13,632 (35%)
Personal details
Born 6 June 1947 (1947-06-06) (age 64)
Sheffield, England
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Sheffield, Huddersfield Holly Bank College of Education (PGCE)
Religion Methodism

David Blunkett (born 6 June 1947) is a British Labour Party politician and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, having represented Sheffield Brightside from 1987 to 2010. Blind since birth, and coming from a poor family in one of Sheffield's most deprived districts, he rose to become Education Secretary, Home Secretary and Work and Pensions Secretary in Tony Blair's Cabinet following Labour's victory in the 1997 general election.

He departed from government in 2004 following the revelation of an affair Blunkett was having while serving as Home Secretary, and left government again in 2005 following the release of a series of reports about his external business interests during his brief time outside the cabinet, though it was later found in the resulting investigation that he had not acted improperly.

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Early life

Blunkett was born on 6 June 1947 at Jessop Hospital, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, with improperly developed optic nerves due to a rare genetic disorder.[1] He grew up in an underprivileged family and in 1959, he endured a family tragedy when his father was gravely injured in an industrial accident in which he fell into a vat of boiling water while at work as a foreman for the East Midlands Gas Board and died a month later. This left the surviving family in poverty, especially since the board refused to pay compensation for two years, because was working past retirement age dying at age 67.

Blind since birth, Blunkett was educated at schools for the blind in Sheffield and Shrewsbury.[2] Following his father's death, he was sent on assessment to the School for the Blind in Worcester (New College Worcester), where he failed to gain entry. His failed assessment is said to be partly deliberate, due to his rebellious nature and dislike of public schools. He later attended the Royal National College for the Blind in Shrewsbury.[3] He was apparently told at school that one of his few options in life was to become a lathe operator. Nevertheless, he won a place at the University of Sheffield, where he gained a BA honours degree in Political Theory and Institutions; one of his lecturers was Bernard Crick. He entered local politics on graduation, whilst gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Huddersfield Holly Bank College of Education.[4] He spent a total of six years going to evening classes and day-release classes to get the qualifications needed to go to university.[5] He worked as a clerk typist between 1967 and 1969 and as a lecturer in industrial relations and politics between 1973 and 1981.

Local council

Blunkett became the youngest-ever councillor on Sheffield City Council and in Britain,[4] being elected in 1970 at the age of 22 while a mature student. He served on Sheffield City Council from 1970 to 1988, becoming Leader from 1980 to 1987 and on South Yorkshire County Council from 1973 to 1977. This was a time of decline for Sheffield's steel industry. The Conservative MP for Sheffield Hallam, Sir Irvine Patnick, coined the phrase "People's Republic of South Yorkshire" to describe the left-wing politics of its local government; Sheffield was designated as a nuclear-free zone.[6] Blunkett became known as the leader of one of the furthest left of the Labour councils,.[7] Blunkett was one of the faces of the protest over rate-capping in 1985 which saw several Labour councils refuse to set a budget in a protest against Government powers to restrain their spending. He built up support within the Labour Party during his time as the council's leader during the 1980s and was elected to the Labour Party's National Executive Committee.

Member of Parliament

At the 1987 general election he was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheffield Brightside with a large majority in a safe Labour seat. He became a party spokesman on local government, joined the shadow cabinet in 1992 as Shadow Health Secretary and became Shadow Education Secretary in 1994.[8]

Education and employment secretary

After Labour's landslide victory in the 1997 general election, he became Secretary of State for Education and Employment.[8] (Sometimes he is called the first blind cabinet minister, but in fact Henry Fawcett, husband of suffragette Millicent Fawcett, was a member of the Privy Council more than a century before.) The role of education secretary was a vital one in a government whose prime minister had in 1996 described his priority as "education, education, education" and which had made reductions in school class sizes a pledge.

As Secretary of State, Blunkett pursued tough policies, ready to take on the teaching unions and determined to ensure basic standards of literacy and numeracy. He was rewarded with extra funding to cut class sizes, and subsequently since 1997 there has been a massive increase in literacy and numeracy, and there are 42,000 more teachers than in 1997 with doubled spending per pupil in frontline schools.[9] A key pillar of Blunkett's work as Education Secretary was the introduction of Sure Start, a government programme which provides services for pre-school children and their families. It works to bring together early education, childcare, health and family support.

Blunkett also led the massive expansion in higher education. He provided largescale investment in universities in the UK[10] and one recent study has shown that universities are now educating more than one-quarter more students than they did ten years ago and receiving double the income they did.[11]

Also in this position, Blunkett launched Learning & Skills Councils, created Job Centre Plus and chaired the Equal Opportunities Commission.[12]

In 1999, Blunkett proposed that sex education should not be pursued until children have left primary school at 11,[13] reportedly arguing that childhood, the "age of innocence", should not be compromised by "graphic" sex education.[14] In 2000, while attempting to cool opposition to the proposed abolition of the Local Government Act 1988's Section 28, he issued guidelines on the importance of 'family values' in teaching children sex education.

Blunkett introduced the teaching of Citizenship in schools in 1999, arguing that "We want to ensure that there's a basis of traditional knowledge that's available to all children." [15] Citizenship education provides pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding to become informed citizens, aware of their rights, duties and responsibilities. The Coalition Government have proposed to end Citizenship teaching.

Home secretary

At the start of the Labour government's second term in 2001, Blunkett was promoted to Home Secretary,[8] fulfilling an ambition of his. Observers saw him as a rival to Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown's hopes to succeed Blair as the next Labour Party leader and potential Prime Minister.[16][17]

Blunkett was almost immediately faced with the 11 September terrorist attacks on America. He brought in new anti-terrorism measures, including detention without trial of suspect foreign nationals who couldn't be extradited or deported. It caused a backbench rebellion and provoked strong opposition in the House of Lords, and Blunkett made concessions over incitement to religious hatred (later carried through by his successor) and to introduce a “sunset clause”.[18][19]

As Home Secretary he was prepared to confront the judiciary and the police, with proposals for civilian community patrols and changes to police officers' pay and working conditions. More than 7,000 police demonstrated outside Parliament in 2002.

A controversial area for Blunkett was civil liberties, which he famously described as "airy fairy".[20] As Education Secretary, he had repeatedly expressed the intention that, were he to become Home Secretary, he would make the then-incumbent Jack Straw, who had been criticised for being hard-line, seem overly liberal.

Blunkett radically overhauled 'Victorian' sex offences legislation in 2002, which modernised the sex offences laws dramatiaclly in relation to same-sex and related issues by sweeping away the archaic laws governing homosexuality, while tightening protections against rapists, paedophiles and other sex offenders.[21] The act closed a loophole that had allowed those accused of child rape to escape punishment by arguing the act was consensual and a new offence of adult sexual activity with a child, which covers any sex act that takes place between an adult and a child under 16, was introduced. It was supported by all major political parties in the UK.[22]

In 2006, it was alleged that whilst he was Home Secretary he ordered the Head of the Prison Service to machine-gun prisoners to prevent a riot.[23] Blunkett denies the allegations.

First resignation

During his time as Home Secretary, Blunkett had a relationship with Kimberly Fortier, the American-born publisher of The Spectator, a conservative magazine. The three-year relationship ended acrimoniously in August 2004, with Fortier choosing to return to her husband, Stephen Quinn. Fortier has since reverted to her married name.

Blair regarded it proper for Blunkett to remain Home Secretary while trying to ascertain paternity of her son as it appeared of no relevance to his ministerial position. However, at the end of November 2004, it was alleged that Blunkett abused his position to assist his ex-lover's Filipina nanny, Leoncia "Luz" Casalme, by speeding up her residence visa application and later using his influence to ensure that she successfully obtained an Austrian tourist visa. An investigation into these allegations was launched, led by Sir Alan Budd. Shortly before Sir Alan was due to report his findings, an email emerged headed "no special favours, .. but a bit quicker". Though there was no evidence Blunkett was responsible for the email or its title, he resigned as Home Secretary on 15 December 2004, saying that questions about his honesty were damaging the government. Budd's report says:

I believe there are two broad possibilities: Mr Blunkett was seeking special help for Mrs Quinn's nanny (or) he was raising the case as an example of the poor performance of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND). I do not have direct evidence that allows me to choose between the two possibilities.

A fax from Blunkett's Assistant Private Secretary, Rebecca Razavi, to the IND had not been found during the inquiry but Sir Alan found no evidence of an attempt to conceal or destroy evidence. Following the report's publication, he told reporters: "I have been unable to link Mr Blunkett to the sending of faxes to the IND. There must have been such a link but I have been unable to discover what its nature was."

Blunkett resigned as Home Secretary after being told in advance of Budd's findings. He said: "I want to make it clear that I fully accept the findings of Sir Alan's report, where his findings differ from my recollections this is simply due to failure on my part to recall details."

On the day that Sir Alan delivered his report, a Parliamentary standards committee led by Sir Philip Mawer also upheld a complaint against Blunkett for giving Quinn a taxpayer-funded railway ticket (reserved for MPs' spouses) to the value of £179. Blunkett had already admitted that he had broken the rules, saying that he had made an honest mistake, and repaid the sum in question.

Blunkett was not helped by a series of stinging criticisms of his Cabinet colleagues, made by Blunkett to his biographer Stephen Pollard, which became public days before he resigned. His increasingly public paternity battle (see Private life) was also believed by many to be harming his position. However, many believed that he would be able to salvage his political career.

Return to the cabinet

Following the 2005 general election Blunkett was returned to the cabinet as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, where he faced a growing pensions crisis, although it is known Tony Blair wanted to make him the new minister for Anti-social behaviour within the cabinet at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister but this was snubbed by John Prescott. Characteristically he was already at work on the morning of Saturday 7 May, a matter of hours after his appointment. He was to be seen the previous day (the day after the election) anxiously awaiting a telephone call from the PM during the centenary celebrations at the University of Sheffield, to which he was invited as a speaker. There he was heard to apologise for the woes of student fees he had imposed on the university. He himself had only wanted to apply them to Oxbridge, but had been overruled.

Second resignation

Two weeks before the 2005 general election he took up a directorship in a company called DNA Bioscience and bought £15 000 of shares in the company. On 31 October 2005 Blunkett was asked to explain why he had not consulted the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments regarding the directorship. Having placed the shares into an independent trust,[24] "Mr Blunkett said he had asked his three grown-up sons from his first marriage to authorise trustees to "dispose of" the shares. They agreed to the request."

Blunkett's political opponents claimed that a conflict of interest was created by him having been director of and holding shares in a company proposing to bid for government contracts to provide paternity tests to the Child Support Agency – part of the Department for Work and Pensions, of which he was Secretary of State.

Blunkett declared that he would not be resigning, saying to a newspaper, "I have done nothing wrong." A statement by Downing Street said that the Prime Minister did not believe that Blunkett's mistake should prevent him from carrying out his job. Blunkett had taken two other paid jobs, one with the international Jewish training and education charity World ORT,[25] and the other with Indepen Consulting, again without seeking advice from the Advisory Committee.

On 2 November, Lord Nolan, a former Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life and architect of the code of conduct, was reported as having said in an interview with the Yorkshire Post, "I think he's more or less admitted that he should have followed the rules. But I think it's the fault of the Government that he has been allowed to see if he can get away with it." Lord Nolan was reported to have continued: "Blair should insist on Ministers all round obeying the rules. I think that if anyone breaks the rules they should be disciplined, otherwise there's no point having the rules." Lord Nolan agreed that this meant that Blunkett should have been dismissed or demoted by the Prime Minister.[26]

On the same day, a scheduled appearance before a House of Commons Select Committee was cancelled at the last minute and Blunkett was summoned to a meeting at Number 10. Later that morning, a spokesman for Prime Minister Tony Blair confirmed Blunkett had resigned at the meeting, stating that his position had become untenable.

Indeed, Blunkett was later found to have not broken the ministerial code. On 25 November 2005, after he had resigned, Sir Gus O'Donnell wrote to Blunkett confirming that there was no conflict of interest, no failure to declare either Blunkett's shareholding or brief business connection with the company.[27] O'Donnell wrote:

"The issue of shareholdings and trusts and the handling of private interests more generally is of course covered quite extensively in Section 5 of the Ministerial Code. There is no ban on a Minister, or his or her immediate family members, holding such interests but where they do the Minister must ensure that no conflict arises, or appears to arise, between his or her public duties and such private interests.

"In terms of the handling of your interests, and those of your family, you followed correct procedure in notifying your Permanent Secretary of your interests. Neither the DWP nor the CSA were in any contractual relationship with DNA Bioscience, and the CSA's contract for biometric testing was not due to be renewed for some years."[27]

John Hutton was appointed as David Blunkett's successor that day. Blunkett's children's trustees decided not to sell the shares in DNA Bioscience after all. In December 2005 it was reported that the company faces insolvency, resulting in Blunkett's shares being worth very little.[28]

Despite his resignation from the cabinet in November, Blunkett initially kept his ministerial accommodation in Belgravia, London, until he found new accommodation 4 months later.[29] He also rents a cottage on the estate of Chatsworth House.[30]

Backbenches

Blunkett continues to represent the constitency of Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough.

He is a Vice President of Alzheimer's Society, the Chair of a new consortium and partnership approach between Action for Blind People, RNIB and SeeAbility and Patron of the recently launched Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI). He is also a former Honorary Chair of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA-UK) Advisory Board and the current Chairman of the not-for-profit International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA).[31]

One of his main interests is volunteering and community service. He recently published a pamphlet calling for a National Volunteer Programme,[32] which received a wide range of support, particularly among third sector organisations.

He was a key voice in the 'No to AV' campaign in 2010-11 [33] and has spoken out agains the Government's proposed boundary changes.[34]

He is also a columnist for the Daily Mail.

Personal life

Blunkett divorced his wife, by whom he had three sons, in 1990. In 2004, when news broke of his affair with Kimberly Quinn, Blunkett asserted that he was the father of Quinn's two-year-old son. Quinn denied this. In late 2004, Blunkett began a legal challenge to gain access to the child. In late December 2004, as was widely reported in the media, DNA tests confirmed that Quinn's two-year-old son was Blunkett's child. On 5 March 2005 it was confirmed that Blunkett was not the father of Quinn's newborn son.[35]

In 2005 there was more speculation about Blunkett's private life, this time regarding a young woman and for not disclosing free membership to an exclusive London nightclub, Annabel's. The matter with the young woman was cleared up following a full apology from the newspaper which printed the original story in which the paper accepted that the story was entirely false.[36] and his membership at the nightclub has been forfeited.[37]

On 27 January 2009, Blunkett announced that he was engaged to be married to Dr Margaret Williams, a doctor in the city of Sheffield.[38] On 3 October 2009 they were married at Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Sheffield.[39] On 6 June 2009, he was walking in Derbyshire and was injured by a "charging cow", suffering from a broken rib and "painful bruising".[40]

He once owned a budgerigar called "Bimbo". This was also his secret unlock code for the information on his I.D card[41]

He is also a life long Sheffield Wednesday supporter

Guide dogs

Blunkett's guide dogs – Ruby, Teddy, Offa, Lucy and most recently Sadie[42] have become familiar characters in the House of Commons, usually sleeping at his feet on the floor of the chamber, inspiring occasional witty comments from Blunkett and his fellow MPs on both sides of the house. In one memorable incident, Lucy (a black Labrador) vomited during a speech by Conservative member David Willetts.[43] On occasions when Blunkett was guided by (ex-Prime Minister) Tony Blair the wry comment has been made: "who is guiding whom?" Another time, his (new) guide dog led him to the Conservative Party benches.[44][citation needed] However, Blunkett's blindness does not generally arouse much comment.

The Blunkett tapes

In October 2006, David Blunkett's audio diaries were published in his book The Blunkett tapes: My life in the bear pit. The tapes detail his time as a cabinet minister until the present date, and provide insights into the workings of the Labour cabinet. They were recorded every week, and contain his view of what was happening in Cabinet at the time, alongside contemporary reflections and more recent thoughts on the events.

Speaking career

Outside politics David Blunkett enjoys a career as a popular conference and after dinner speaker. His booking agency JLA state that his speech topics include "The Political Landscape, Overcoming Adversity, Social Responsibility and Diversity." [45] He has also been appointed as a visiting lecturer at London School of Business and Finance (LSBF).[46] His first lecture, delivered at LSBF’s Marble Arch campus, focused on the key aspects of leadership, and the qualities needed to be an effective leader in both business and politics.[47]

Popular culture references

David Blunkett has been portrayed in various dramatic or musical forms. Blunkett was featured in Who's The Daddy?, a play by Toby Young and Lloyd Evans, The Spectator magazine's theatre critics, which ran at The King's Head Theatre in mid-2005. The satirist Alistair Beaton wrote the television film A Very Social Secretary, for Channel 4, which was screened in October 2005. Finally, Blunkett – The Musical toured the UK during early 2005. This work featured music by the American composer Mary Jo Paranzino;[48]

He is the topic of the song Blindness by Manchester group The Fall. He appears regularly both on news and magazine programmes, including presenting editions of Radio 4’s 'In Touch', and he was the subject of one episode of The House I Grew up In.[49]

Television

David Blunkett took part in a celebrity version of Mastermind, where his specialist subject was Harry Potter.[50]

David Blunkett was featured on the channel five documentary series 'Banged up' in 2008. The show followed 10 teenagers sent to a fake jail for 10 days to see if it could change their criminal ways. He was involved in various ways, one of which was being on the panel when the teenagers were up for parole.

David Blunkett was interviewed as part of Armando Iannucci's examination of "Milton's Paradise Lost", which screened in May 2009. In it Blunkett speculates on how Milton's service in Oliver Cromwell's government might have affected his beliefs and jokingly quotes the media as saying "He [Blunkett] is no Milton."

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