Blunkett facing claims over second visa application

Britain's Home Secretary David Blunkett was tonight facing claims that a second visa application was “fast tracked” for his former lover’s nanny.

Britain's Home Secretary David Blunkett was tonight facing claims that a second visa application was “fast tracked” for his former lover’s nanny.

The Daily Mail reported that the nanny, Leoncia Casalme, obtained a visa to visit her sister in Austria – which would normally have taken four weeks to process – in a matter of just days.

Mr Blunkett is already facing an inquiry by former Treasury official Sir Alan Budd into claims that he helped fast-track Miss Casalme’s application for leave to remain in the UK on behalf of his then lover, Kimberly Quinn.

The latest allegations were said to have emerged as a result of Sir Alan’s inquiries into the original fast-tracking claim.

A spokesman for Mr Blunkett confirmed that Mrs Quinn had spoken to him about Miss Casalme’s visa application for Austria but denied that he had become involved in the case.

“Kimberly Quinn told the Home Secretary there was a problem with a visa for her nanny’s trip to Austria. But neither the Home Secretary nor any of his officials became involved in the matter,” the spokesman said.

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