Tony Blair has paid tribute to the former cabinet minister David Blunkett, describing him as a decent and honourable man. Opposition conservatives have attacked the Prime Minister’s judgement over re-admitting the minister into the cabinet. But today Blair stuck firmly by his ex-colleague:
“The most serious allegations that were made by the shadow leader of the House, was that he had had discussions, whilst a member of the government and made representations on behalf of this firm that either was contracted to get a contract from the department of Work and Pensions. Had that allegation been true it was most certainly a dismissible offence. I looked into that allegation I found it to be completely untrue so therefore it would not be right in these circumstances for him to resign. Blunkett overcame a poor childhood and blindness making it to the top – now Blair’s been criticised for rushing him back into the job and ultimately contributing to his demise.