David Blunkett

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‘The wounds don’t ever heal’: 30 years after James Bulger’s murder, Bootle cannot forget
In 1993, the UK was held in horror by the murder of two-year-old James Bulger. From the scene of his abduction to the youth justice system, the distress still reverberates

Josh Halliday North of England correspondent

10, Feb, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Former education ministers attack plan to reduce vocational qualifications
Coalition fears DfE may break pledges that only small percentage of qualifications will be replaced by T-levels

Richard Adams Education editor

29, Jan, 2023 @12:29 PM

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The Guardian view on indefinite sentences: still blighting thousands of lives | Editorial
Editorial: Prisoners detained under the abolished imprisonment for public protection scheme deserve justice


28, Sep, 2022 @5:52 PM

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Tony Blair was warned repeal of anti-gay section 28 might harm election chances
Archives reveal David Blunkett voiced concerns about overturning ban on ‘promotion’ of homosexuality

Jamie Grierson

18, Jul, 2022 @11:01 PM

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Multiculturalism in the UK was rejected long ago | Letters
Letters: Bethan Benwell says it was actually New Labour that first turned its back on the findings of Lord Parekh’s report, while Martin Rose wonders if the phrase British Asian is itself a token of non-acceptance


22, Nov, 2021 @5:19 PM

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Cruel, paranoid, failing: inside the Home Office
The long read: Something is badly wrong at the heart of one of Britain’s most important ministries. How did it become so broken?

Daniel Trilling

13, May, 2021 @5:00 AM

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David Cameron to Lord Hogan-Howe: the figures hired by Greensill
We take a look at the political heavyweights employed to bolster Greensill Capital’s reputation

Kalyeena Makortoff

15, Apr, 2021 @5:21 PM

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Police and crime bill will create toxic legacy, warns Blunkett
Former UK home secretary says law would drive wedge between officers and the public

Tobi Thomas

02, Apr, 2021 @12:39 PM

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UK government criticised over plans to oversee free speech at universities
Justine Greening downplays the proposals, while Labour’s David Blunkett accuses the government of playing identity politics

Sally Weale Education correspondent

16, Feb, 2021 @5:52 PM

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UK Children's welfare becoming 'national emergency', health experts warn
A letter to the Observer calls for an urgent review of the long-term impact of lockdowns and school closures on a generation

Michael Savage and Sonia Sodha

16, Jan, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Why do so many home secretaries fall out with their officials?
Something about the Home Office seems to breed tension, as many of Priti Patel’s forerunners also found

Patrick Wintour

20, Nov, 2020 @6:25 PM

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Ministerial code: five who did resign over breach accusations
Boris Johnson has backed Priti Patel – but in the past there have been notable departures

Sarah Marsh

20, Nov, 2020 @3:57 PM

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