Guido understands that Blunkett has told GMTV in a pre-recorded interview to be broadcast on Sunday that he has left his Belgravia grace and favour mansion.

“I’m flying on my own now, but I was there eight years and it did take a little time because I couldn’t oust somebody from their flat, I had to wait until they moved out and I’m very grateful to the Prime Minster for allowing me that breathing space and a civilised society allowing me to move out in a civilised fashion doesn’t seem to me to be too much to ask.”

Over a year? Breathing space?

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