David Blunkett

'Big Society' Scheme Boosts University Places For Poorest By 50%, Says Lord Blunkett

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Politics

A national skills programme has boosted the number of young people from the poorest backgrounds going to university by 50%, new analysis shows. The Na...

Let This Election Mark A Turning Point For Youth Turnout

David Blunkett | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Politics
David Blunkett

Whatever the outcome on 9 June, it is certain that it will be the giving of time and commitment, the rebuilding of community and the counterweight of civil society to the predominance of any political party, which will provide the glue to hold our society together. I hope NCS will be able to play a significant part in that process.

Guess Which Labour BigWig Has Not Got A Leadership Vote?

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Politics

The Labour Party faced fresh questions over the running of its leadership election after it emerged that former Cabinet Minister David Blunkett has no...

'Corbyn Would Be Great At Opposition, He's Always Done It' Says David Blunkett

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn would keep Labour in opposition as that’s what he’s best at, former Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett warned today in another att...

Cooper: Labour 'Bruised And Confused' By Welfare Split

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Politics

Labour splits over Tory welfare plans deepened today as both Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham vowed to sort out the 'confusion' of the party's stance on...

Labour 'Unable' To Win Majority Due To SNP 'Tsunami', Says David Blunkett

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Politics

Labour is being swept away by an SNP "tsunami" in Scotland that will likely leave it unable to win a majority on May 7, David Blunkett has conceded. ...

The Number Of Children Being Tasered By Police Is Very Troubling...

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK

The man who put stun guns in the hands of British police has called for their use to be questioned following the release of new statistics. Former ...

Five Questions for Anyone Who Says 'It's Not Racist to Talk About Immigration'

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

To pretend racism doesn't play a role in generating hostility towards, and anxiety over, immigration is naive, if not disingenuous. Those who piously claim that opposition to immigration in the UK isn't driven by prejudice, bigotry and hysteria, but rather by "legitimate concerns" over rising migrant numbers and a growing pressure on public services, should try answering the following five questions.

The Immigration Debate

Ade Adepitan | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ade Adepitan

Migration is a fact of life. Humans have moved around the world for hundreds of thousands of years. It's hard to blame someone for wanting to improve his or her circumstances. My parents made the same decision when they realised I had polio. After he came to London my father never saw his parents again. My mum and dad made huge sacrifices for which I will always be grateful.

Britain IS Being 'Swamped' Being Immigrants, David Blunkett Says

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon was right to speak out about immigration, despite the outcry over his use of the term "swamped", former Labour home s...

Publish Iraq War Inquiry Before General Election, Says William Hague

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Politics

The Chilcot Inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War should be published before the general election, William Hague has insisted. There is deep frustration a...

Miliband: 'Cameron Brought Criminal Into Heart Of Downing Street'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics

Ed Miliband has slammed David Cameron for hiring Andy Coulson as a spin doctor, saying his conviction for phone hacking today meant the prime minister...

'Win Or Face The Wilderness, Ed,' Blunkett Warns Labour Leader

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Politics

Labour could be in the political wilderness until 2030 if it fails to win next year's general election, former Cabinet minister David Blunkett warned ...

Bye Bye Blunkett

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Politics

Former home secretary David Blunkett is to stand down from Parliament at the next general election, he has announced. Mr Blunkett said it was clear...

Andy Coulson 'Shocked' Reporter Heard David Blunkett's Voicemail Over Affair

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has told the phone hacking trial he was "shocked" when he learned a reporter had listened to voicemails o...

Imprisonment for Public Protection Is a Stain on Our Justice System

Juliet Lyon | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Politics
Juliet Lyon

It is shaming to have so many people locked up in our prisons, not for what they have done but for what they might do in the future. This is not to mention the costs to the public purse of holding thousands of people in prison beyond their tariff expiry date.

Russell Brand Is A 'Corrosive' Influence On Politics, Says David Blunkett

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Russell Brand is a "corrosive" influence on politics and his call for people to abandon voting is a "disgrace", former Labour home secretary David Blu...

Do Satirical TV Shows Encourage Abuse Towards Politicians?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK Politics

TV shows like Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You which poke fun at politicians should face tougher scrutiny, David Blunkett has said. The fo...

Nick Clegg Warns Of 'Intimidating' Roma

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK Politics

Nick Clegg has said Roma migrants to Britain should stop "intimidating" behaviour that worries local people. Speaking on his weekly LBC Radio phone...

David Blunkett Warns Of Roma Riots

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK

Whether he likes it or not, veteran Labour MP David Blunkett has won the approval of Nigel Farage after warning of riots caused by the Roma community....

Blunkett's Panicked Voicemails Revealed

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK

David Blunkett lashed out at the "real bastards" he thought had leaked stories about his private life, saying: "I hope they rot in hell". The revel...

'I Support Ed, But...'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Politics

A senior Labour figure has warned Ed Miliband that "the entire Labour project could be jeopardised" if he failed to "recharge" the party's policies in...

David Blunkett Wants To Teach Ed Miliband's Young Shadow Cabinet How To Win

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Politics

David Blunkett wants a job mentoring Ed Miliband's young front bench team, amid criticism the Labour leader and shadow cabinet have failed to set the ...

We Want to Hear Your Views on the Future of Workplace Giving

David Blunkett | Posted 08.09.2013 | UK Politics
David Blunkett

Normally when a representative from a business receives a letter asking them to come and give evidence in Parliament, I imagine their blood pressure rises a little, and beads of sweat form as they recall the grilling given to prominent businessmen and women by parliamentarians such as the chairs of the Public Accounts Committee and the Treasury Select Committee. This week will feature a session which is, I hope, a little different, and will be examining the work that is taking place in businesses across Britain in partnership with their employees to support charities through workplace giving.

Have We Moved On Since 7/7/05?

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 26.05.2013 | UK

On July 7, 2005, four suicide bombers killed 52 people in central London, and injured more than 770. Almost eight years on, the capital is again re...