David Blunkett, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, has just resigned.
Prime Minister Tony Blair appeared to be standing by Blunkett despite the revelation of a third breach of the ministerial code of conduct.
But this morning Blunkett has fallen on his sword.
At present, neither the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) nor the Prime Minister’s office has released a statement regarding the resignation or who will replace Blunkett at the DWP. A statement is due shortly.
One spokesman for Tony Blair has said Blunkett offered his resignation this morning after "reflecting on his position" and feeling it had become "untenable".
Blunkett had been due to appear to in front of the Work and Pensions select committe this morning but instead went to No.10 and had two meetings with the Prime Minister.
He is due to make a statement regarding his resignation after Prime Minister's questions at about 12.30 this afternoon.
Yesterday, it emerged Blunkett had again made a further serious error by omitting to refer to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments his role as a paid adviser to the World Organisation for Research and Technology, an international Jewish development charity.
He was paid between £15,000 and £20,000 for his work for the organisation. While this was declared in last April’s Register of Members’ Interests as with his appointment as an adviser to Indepent Consulting and DNA Bioscience, Blunkett did not consult the appointments committee as required under the code.
Blunkett entered his interest in the register on 3rd March - this was the day after he had been warned by Lord Mayhew of Twysden, the chairman of the appointments committee he had failed to consult the committee over his independent job.
On the same day, Blunkett specifically asked Mayhew whether he needed to declare his work for what he described as an educational charity.
On March 15, he was told by Mayhew if he received financial remuneration for the work he would be obliged to seek their advice. By then, however, he had already taken up the appointment and Blunkett appears not to have appraised Mayhew of this fact.
Tony Blair, during Prime Minister's questions, said that he found no evidence of ministerial wrongdoing on the part of Blunkett adding: "I would like to say that whatever mistakes my right honourable friend has made he is a decent and honourable man."
Blair said he believed Blunkett had nothing that "warranted his dismissal."IFAonline
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