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'Good luck with book sales, John'.

Byline: By BOB ROBERTS

DAVID Blunkett spoke out last night after ex-cop John Stevens branded him a bullying liar who knew little about policing.

Ex-Home Secretary Blunkett said of the former Met chief, who has published his autobiography: "I wish him well in seeking to sell his book."

The Work and Pensions Secretary added that he took "great comfort from the fact that our work together dramatically improved policing of London, including the fall in street crime of 25 per cent in 18 months".

Blunkett's allies said it was his decision to get tough with the police, which led to the fall in street crime.

Lord Stevens said of Blunkett: "There were many in the police service who thought him duplicitous and intimidating.

"My experiences make it very difficult for me to disagree with that."

But Education Secretary Ruth Kelly said icily: "Clearly people have their own fortunes to make."

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Date:Sep 12, 2005
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