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David Blunkett, Baron Blunkett, PC is best known as a British politician and more recently as an academic, having represented the Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough constituency for 28 years through to 7 May 2015 when he stepped down at the general election. Blind since birth, and coming from a poor family in one of Sheffield's most deprived districts, he rose to become Education and Employment Secretary, Home Secretary and Work and Pensions Secretary in Tony Blair's Cabinet following Labour's victory in the 1997 general election.

The Right Honourable

PC
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Lord Blunkett in 2015
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
In office
6 May 2005 – 2 November 2005
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Alan Johnson
Succeeded by John Hutton
Home Secretary
In office
8 June 2001 – 15 December 2004
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Jack Straw
Succeeded by Charles Clarke
Secretary of State for Education and Employment
In office
2 May 1997 – 8 June 2001
Prime Minister Tony Blair
Preceded by Gillian Shephard
Succeeded by Estelle Morris
Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Employment
In office
20 October 1994 – 2 May 1997
Leader Tony Blair
Preceded by Ann Taylor
Succeeded by Gillian Shephard
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
In office
18 July 1992 – 20 October 1994
Leader John Smith
Margaret Beckett
Preceded by Robin Cook
Succeeded by Margaret Beckett
Member of Parliament
for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough
In office
11 June 1987 – 30 March 2015
Preceded by Joan Maynard
Succeeded by Harry Harpham
Leader of the Sheffield City Council
In office
1980–1987
Deputy Alan Billings
Preceded by George Wilson
Succeeded by Clive Betts
Personal details
Born (1947-06-06) 6 June 1947 (age 69)
Sheffield, England
Political party Labour
Alma mater Royal National College for the Blind
University of Sheffield
Huddersfield Holly Bank College of Education
Religion Methodism

David Blunkett, Baron Blunkett, PC (born 6 June 1947) is best known as a British politician and more recently as an academic, having represented the Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough constituency for 28 years through to 7 May 2015 when he stepped down at the general election. Blind since birth, and coming from a poor family in one of Sheffield's most deprived districts, he rose to become Education and Employment Secretary, Home Secretary and Work and Pensions Secretary in Tony Blair's Cabinet following Labour's victory in the 1997 general election.

He was promoted to become Home Secretary following the 2001 general election, a position he held until 2004, when he resigned following highly publicised matters related to his personal life. Following the 2005 general election, he was appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, though he resigned from that role later that year following a large amount of media coverage relating to external business interests in the period when he did not hold a cabinet post. The Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell (now Lord O'Donnell) exonerated him entirely from any wrongdoing in his letter of 25 November 2005.

On 20 June 2014, Blunkett announced to his constituency party that he would be standing down from the House of Commons at the next general election in May 2015. The editor of the right-wing The Spectator magazine Fraser Nelson commented, "He was never under-briefed, and never showed any sign of his disability ... he was one of Labour's very best MPs – and one of the very few people in parliament whose life I would describe as inspirational." Responding to a question from Blunkett on 11 March 2015, Prime Minister David Cameron said "As a new Back Bencher, I will never forget coming to this place in 2001 and, in the light of the appalling terrorist attacks that had taken place across the world, seeing the strong leadership he gave on the importance of keeping our country safe. He is a remarkable politician, a remarkable man."

In May 2015 he accepted a professorship in Politics in Practice at the University of Sheffield (in 2014 he was invited to be a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences), and in June 2015, agreed to become Chairman of the Board of the University of Law. In addition to his other work with charities he also agreed in June 2015 to become chairman of the David Ross Multi Academy Charitable Trust.

In August 2015 he was awarded a peerage in the dissolution honours lists. He was created Baron Blunkett, of Brightside and Hillsborough in the City of Sheffield on 28 September 2015.