Blunkett was paid a fat five-figure sum by British ORT. Which is the UK wing of World ORT, the largest Jewish non-governmental education and training organisation in the world. (That’s him pictured on the right, not sure who the girl is...) According to their website;
“ORT’s work by governments and agencies around the world is the fact that money raised by your national organisations is supplemented on a matching funding basis at a ratio of approximately 20:1. In other words, every £1 that we raise provides ORT with the leverage to raise another £19 from official and other sources.”
More influence peddling? Did Blunkett advise them how to apply to the government for matching funding?
“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”