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Profile: David Blunkett


Positions that David Blunkett has held:

  • British Home Secretary when Tony Blair was in office




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David Blunkett actively participated in the following events:


February 28, 2002      Events Leading to Iraq Invasion

       During a British cabinet meeting, Home Secretary David Blunkett initiates a discussion about Iraq. During the discussion, British Foreign Minister Robin Cook mentions that most of the Arab world considers Ariel Sharon, rather than Saddam Hussein, to be the largest threat to peace in the Middle East. Describing the subsequent reaction to his comments, Cook later writes in his diary: “Somewhat to my surprise this line provides a round of ‘hear, hearing’ from colleagues, which is the nearest I heard to mutiny in the cabinet.” [Independent, 10/6/03; Guardian, 10/6/03; Sunday Times, 10/5/03 Sources: Robin Cook's diary] During the meeting, Patricia Hewitt, the Trade and Industry Secretary, says “We are in danger of being seen as close to President Bush, but without any influence over President Bush.” [Independent, 10/6/03 Sources: Robin Cook's diary]
People and organizations involved: David Blunkett, Robin Cook, Patricia Hewitt

March 7, 2002      Events Leading to Iraq Invasion

       According to British Foreign Minister Robin, Home Secretary David Blunkett asks where Britain had obtained the “legal authority” to invade Iraq. [Guardian, 10/6/03; Independent, 10/6/03 Sources: Robin Cook's diary]
People and organizations involved: David Blunkett

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