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The Cabinet
 

Intro
Prime Minister
Prime Minister
Deputy Prime Minister
Deputy Prime Minister
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Home Secretary
Home Secretary
Foreign Secretary
Foreign Secretary
Lord Chancellor
Lord Chancellor
Education Secretary
Education Secretary
Minister without Portfolio
Minister without Portfolio
Leader of the Commons
Leader of the Commons
Chief Whip
Chief Whip
Culture Secretary
Culture Secretary
Transport, Local Government and the Regions Secretary
Transport, Local Government and the Regions Secretary
International Development Secretary
International Development Secretary
Work and Pensions Secretary
Work and Pensions Secretary
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary
Leader of the Lords
Leader of the Lords
Trade Secretary
Trade Secretary
Health Secretary
Health Secretary
Scottish Secretary
Scottish Secretary
Welsh Secretary
Welsh Secretary
Northern Ireland Secretary
Northern Ireland Secretary
Defence Secretary
Defence Secretary
Treasury Chief Secretary
Treasury Chief Secretary
 
DAVID BLUNKETT
Home Secretary

David Blunkett became Home Secretary after the 2001 election and is one of Tony Blair's most trusted ministers. He is also the most blunt-speaking, and thus frequently the most controversial.

He sparked a row over immigration when he told asylum seekers from Afghanistan and Kosovo to "get back home" and start rebuilding their countries.

He caused more furores when he urged people from ethnic minorities to develop a "sense of belonging" in Britain and told them to speak English at home.

The home secretary announced his intention to ease the laws covering cannabis and tried to allay police anger over his attempts to drive through police service reform by telling officers he had made mistakes.

Mr Blunkett, the UK's first blind cabinet minister, became one of the most recognisable figures in British politics thanks to his guide dog, Lucy, who accompanies him even when he speaks at the despatch box.

A graduate of Shrewsbury Technical College, Sheffield Richmond College of Further Education, Sheffield University and Huddersfield College of Education, Mr Blunkett took over Labour's education brief in 1994.

He proved a tough education secretary, ready to take on teacher unions and ensure basic standards of literacy and numeracy. He won more money for education and reduced class sizes, but charging students tuition fees proved unpopular.

 

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