Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Blunkett and Siddiqi

Toby Helm, in The Telegraph 11 October 2005, wrote that David Blunkett was under pressure to explain his links to a businessman, Tariq Siddiqi.

Mr Blunkett was paid, before the last election and while out of the Government, by a company owned by Siddiqi.

Mr Siddiqi's company, DNA Bioscience, which offers do-it-yourself paternity tests, insists that Mr Blunkett was paid for almost three months' work.

If true this would mean he should have made a formal declaration to Parliament.

However, the Work and Pensions Secretary maintains that he only did two weeks' work.

Yesterday Chris Grayling, the shadow leader of the house, wrote to Mr Blunkett demanding that he "clarify in detail what the situation was and produce documentary evidence to support this".

If he failed to do so he threatened to report the matter to the standards commissioner.

A spokesman for Mr Blunkett said last night it was "categorically untrue" that he had broken any parliamentary rules, adding that he had made full declarations of all the money he had earned.



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