UK - Home Secretary resigns
16 December 2004
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UK Home Secretary David Blunkett resigned on Dec. 15 following accusations of his involvement in fast-tracking a visa application for his ex-lover's nanny.
e-mail correspondence suggest that Mr Blunkett's office was indeed involved in speeding up the processing time for the visa application, as reported by the British media.
Blunkett has not admitted to any wrong doing, but told press that any perception of his involvement would require him to leave his office.
Education Secretary Charles Clarke took over from Blunkett on the following day. Clarke vowed that the work of the Home Office would continue as usual. Clarke said his priority now was to protect Britain against the threats of organized crime and international terrorism "to create a secure country in which everybody can live at peace."