Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fathers 4 Justice Back Blunkett in Paternity Saga

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Fathers 4 Justice Back Blunkett in Paternity Saga

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SOME MUCH needed comfort for David Blunkett. Fathers 4 Justice, the pressure group which threw condoms full of purple flour at Tony Blair as he spoke in the House of Commons in May, is wooing him.

Weekend reports confirming that the Home Secretary is the father of Kimberly Quinn's two-year-old son may have endangered his job. But F4J are putting politics aside to show him strong support.

"We're keen to get him signed up as a member of Fathers 4 Justice," a spokesman for the direct action group confirms. "We have a wealth of advice and experience within the organisation of 12,000 members. We don't discriminate so, even though he's a government minister, Mr Blunkett will be welcome on board."

Blunkett faces an inquiry after a leaked email shows he may have used his position to obtain a visa for Quinn's Filipina nanny.

Quinn is now seven months pregnant with her second child, which may also be Blunkett's.

"We'd like to pass on to him a membership form," the F4J spokesman goes on.

"For [pounds sterling]30 a year he gets free access to an internet help forum, so if he's got any issues with regard to getting access to his child or children he can obviously use that.

"We are eagerly awaiting and anticipating his call."

So next time Batman tries to climb into Buckingham Palace, he may get a more sympathetic response from the Home Secretary.

Janet TRACEY EMIN, Neil Tennant, David Furnish, Peter York and Chris Smith were among the famous names who came to the defence of Janet Street-Porter in I'm A Celebrity in yesterday's Independent on Sunday, but the headmistress of her old school is not a fan.

"I did see Janet Street-Porter was confining herself to the Australian jungle where I dare say others will find her as irritating as I do," says Joan Olivier, head of Lady Margaret School in Fulham.

"She came to see me about a year ago to discuss the autobiography she was writing and she was quite astonishing. She sat for 45 minutes telling me all about her, her life, her loves, and why she had given up architecture (because Piers Gough was in her class and he came first).

"She never thought to ask, after nearly 40 years' absence, about the school, how we were doing, if any of the old staff were still around or mention her contemporaries or anything about us. It was all about her. She never seems to have had a good word to say about Lady Margaret School - I think it is referred to in her book as 'that snobby grammar school in Fulham'.

"I can vouch for the fact this school was never snobby when she was here. I was told by her old Art mistress when I got here that the accent she now has is not the accent she had at school but obviously a gimmick used to get on in the world of 'yoof '."

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