David Blunkett

David Blunkett is a Labour MP and former Home Secretary

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Afghan wheelchair basketball players take part in a match at a club for the disabled and victims of war, run by the International Committee of the Red Cross on the International Day of People with Disability in Jalalabad

Disability and development: Why DFID must include those so often left behind

In the poorest communities, one household in four has a member with a disability

Tony Benn pictured in 1966

David Blunkett: Tony Benn missed his chance to make a real difference

He was charming, persuasive, and sometimes deeply frustrating

David Blunkett: The Care Bill must reflect the needs of all deafblind people

Social care isn’t just about personal care, it’s about having support to hold down a job

David Blunkett: 'Don't end funding for Victim Support'

The service must remain national, not be handed to local commissioners

If pupils want vocational training, let them have it

From a speech given by the Secretary of State for Education to the Institute for Public Policy Research, in London

Letter: At the chalkface

Letter:

We cannot afford to educate only a small elite

We are concerned that nearly 50,000 young people leave compulsory schooling unqualified

Letter: No knife-edge

Sir: Your front-page report "Economy on knife-edge" (later editions, 13 August) is inaccurate and completely contradicts your own earlier editions.

My passion for adult learning

For all of us continuing to learn is the life-blood of personal fulfilment and renewed opportunity. I am passionate about this because I was - and still am - an adult learner.

Letter: Education spending

YOUR report "Defence gains as cuts hit education" (8 April) is wrong. The total increase for education in 1998-99 over 1997-98 is pounds 1.5bn. The figures which Anthony Bevins quotes fail to include the pounds 2bn student debt sale.
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