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David Blunkett has been rapped over the knuckles by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. Apparently the former Minister ‘forgot’ to register a trip to South Africa paid for by a private training company.

Blunkett, as a former Minister in charge of the Department for Work and pensions, was a big fan of opening up the administration of the welfare service to the private sector. No wonder. Sheffield-based firm A4e is bidding for a whole raft of multi-million pound contracts under New Labour’s misnamed welfare reform programme. And they find Blunkett’s services well worth purchasing.