David Blunkett, Labour's home secretary from 2001 to 2004, called for - and achieved - the removal of Sussex Chief Constable Paul Whitehouse in June 2001,
over the police shooting of an unarmed, naked man, James Ashley.
Three years later, Mr Blunkett demanded the removal of Humberside Chief Constable David Westwood after his force was criticised in a report into failures in police intelligence in the case of Soham murderer Ian Huntley.
A bitter and very public tussle followed, between Mr Blunkett, Mr Westwood and
Humberside's police authority, resulting in a compromise whereby the police chief retired a year early.
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