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Lord David Blunkett

Lord David Blunkett

Parliamentary Member

David Blunkett was awarded a peerage in the dissolution Honours List in 2015, taking the title of Lord Blunkett, of Brightside and Hillsborough in the City of Sheffield.  He also in that year, took up a post as Professor of Politics in Practice at the University of Sheffield Department of Politics and became Chair of the board of the University of Law (formerly the College of Law) based in London.

David was Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough 1987-2015, and a member of Tony Blair’s Cabinet for eight years from 1997. 

His responsibilities as Secretary of State covered the Home Office (including counter-terrorism, immigration and justice), Education and Employment (covering education and skills from early years, schooling, post sixteen skills and apprenticeships, higher education and equal opportunities) and as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions his responsibilities covered retirement income, welfare benefits and Job Centre Plus and work programmes.

Formerly Leader of England’s fourth largest city (Sheffield), David has had a wide range of experiences over 43 years in public life as well as in the private sector.

As a board member of the National Citizens Service Trust, he has had a long-standing interest in citizenship education and the wellbeing of young people. 

As well as supporting a wide range of charitable endeavours (as trustee, vice president and patron) he is also a familiar speaker, author and media contributor (including both radio and television).

David who has been blind since birth, experienced hardship when at the age of twelve he lost his father in a works accident. Educated at evening class (and on day release from work) he entered the University of Sheffield as a mature student graduating in 1972.

Married, with four sons and three step daughters.