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Blair backs down on the detention of terror suspects

AFP , LONDON

Former Conservative Party leader Major, who lost the 1997 general election to Blair's Labour Party, made his comments after work and pensions secretary David Blunkett resigned last week amid a row over his private business dealings. It was the second time in less than a year that the 58-year-old had quit Blair's cabinet, after being forced to resign last December as Home Secretary after he facilitated a visa for the nanny of his mistress.

Blunkett's latest departure came amid a furore over his links to a technology firm in a position to bid for government contracts overseen by his department.

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