Blunkett orders review into power abuse allegations

British Home Secretary David Blunkett this evening took the dramatic step of requesting an independent review of allegations that he misused his position to help a former lover.

British Home Secretary David Blunkett this evening took the dramatic step of requesting an independent review of allegations that he misused his position to help a former lover.

Mr Blunkett has asked the permanent secretary at the British Home Office, John Gieve, to appoint an independent reviewer to look into the handling of a visa application from nanny Leoncia Casalme, following allegations that he intervened in the case to help her employer, his former mistress Kimberly Quinn.

The move followed demands from Conservatives for a judicial inquiry into the accusations, which shadow home secretary David Davis said would be a resigning matter if true.

In a statement released to the Press Association, Mr Blunkett said: “Trust, plain-speaking and straight talking is something which matters so much to me as a politician and as a man that I have decided, of my own volition, to request an independent review of the allegations that I misused my position in the case of the renewal of a visa application by Leoncia Casalme.”

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