Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Blunkett Dealt a New Blow

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Blunkett Dealt a New Blow

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Byline: By James Lyons

David Blunkett has been dealt a blow in his battle to remain Home Secretary.

A standards watchdog criticised the inquiry examining claims that he abused his position.

Tony Blair has strongly backed his minister, predicting he will be cleared of fast-tracking a visa application from ex-lover Kimberly Quinn's nanny.

But Mr Blunkett's hopes of swiftly drawing a line under the matter appeared dashed last night when Newcastle-born Whitehall watchdog Sir Alistair Graham suggested a second inquiry into lesser allegations.

That could mean a continuation of the wrangle caused by the married magazine publisher's decision end their three-year affair. Her husband Stephen yesterday vowed to fight for his family after reports that Mr Blunkett believed he was the father of her son William, two, and her unborn child.

Sir Alan Budd was called in after the Home Secretary himself requested an independent probe into Mrs Quinn's central claim that he helped Filipino Leoncia Casalme stay in the UK. …

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