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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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
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Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game