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Breakfast with Frost
UK Home Secretary David Blunkett
UK Home Secretary David Blunkett

Sunday 7th October on BBC One

On Breakfast with Frost this weekend the Home Secretary, David Blunkett, told Sir David that the British people must prepare themselves for likely military strikes in Afghanistan, but also said he did not believe Britain's leading role in the coalition increased the chances of terror attacks in this country. With regard to domestic politics, Mr Blunkett confirmed that Stephen Byers will shortly announce whether or not the government will take over the running of Railtrack, and he said the introduction of identity cards is still being considered by ministers.

The Conservative Party Leader, Iain Duncan Smith confirmed that he has been in regular communication with the Prime Minister about Britain's role in Afghanistan. On the subject of Europe, he accused the government of "blowing hot and cold" on this issue and confirmed that, in a referendum, the Conservative Party would oppose entry into the Euro.

Also in the studio with Sir David was Jack Welch, who recently retired as chairman of General Electric. Welch is visiting the United Kingdom to promote his autobiography. He said he accepted that the US economy was on a downturn, but was confident it would recover.

Ehud Barark, the former Israeli Prime Minister spoke to Sir David from Tel Aviv about the difficulties of creating peace in the Middle East.

Khaled Mansour, representing the World Food Programme, spoke to David from Islamabad about the urgent need to get food and supplies to millions of starving Afghans, particularly as the country will soon be in the grip of winter.

Also joining Sir David was Tom Carew, a former SAS soldier who has spent time in Afghanistan.

Human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger and Michael White, political editor of the Guardian, helped Sir David with his review of the Sunday newspapers.

This week's transcripts:

Home Secretary David Blunkett

Khaled Mansour of World Food Programme, Islamabad

Conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith

Former GEC chairman Jack Welch

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak


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