David Blunkett: An apology

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On DECEMBER 13 The Star erroneously suggested the Rt Hon David Blunkett, MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, had had a column in the News of the World. This was incorrect.

We also apologise for suggesting the News of the World had asserted he had fast tracked a visa in 2004. That newspaper did not make such an allegation and suggestions were unproven.

Thirdly, we suggested Mr Blunkett had reached agreement in relation to himself - whereas damages were actually awarded to the Blunkett family for the gross intrusion into their private lives in 2004/5.

We are sorry for any offence caused.