It is being described as an open verdict. A British inquiry into claims former Home Secretary David Blunkett fast-tracked a visa for his lover’s nanny has been unable to reach a definitive conclusion. Sir Alan Budd has found there was a chain of events linking Blunkett’s office to the fast tracking, but no evidence he personally gave specific orders.
The report says there was no deliberate cover-up in the case, which has centred on Blunkett’s former lover Kimberley Quinn. The high-ranking minister resigned last week, admitting the visa had been inadvertently fast-tracked. The process took 52 days, 120 days quicker than normal. Budd’s report said either Blunkett did try to get special help for his lover’s nanny, or he simply tried to raise the case as an example of the poor performance of the visa office – but there was not enough evidence to be sure.