David Blunkett has held some of the highest political positions in Britain. At various stages in his career, he has been Education and Employment Secretary, Home Secretary and Work and Pensions Secretary. He was one of Tony Blair's key Cabinet members following the Labour Party's Landslide victory of 1997.
Such exalted roles demand a combination of outstanding abilities, and David Blunkett had to deal with numerous testing situations during his tenure as a Cabinet Minister. This is all the more remarkable when one considers that he has been almost blind since birth. His guide dog became as familiar a presence in the House of Commons as its owner!
As Secretary of State for Education and Employment (1997-2001), David Blunkett launched Learning & Skills Councils, created Job Centre Plus and chaired the Equal Opportunities Commission. Amongst the major crises he had to deal with as Home Secretary (2001-2004) was the aftermath of the September 11th 2001 attacks on the USA, which took place almost immediately after his appointment. As Home Secretary, he attracted controversy by introducing a raft of stringent measures to combat the threat of terrorism. Like a number of other politicians, David Blunkett has also had his share of controversy outside of the political arena, including an acrimonious paternity suit.
Since leaving the Front Bench, David Blunkett has continued to inform government policy on the voluntary sector, social mobility and affordable credit. In September 2012, he published In Defence of Politics Revisited, in which he set out a range of proposals to increase faith in, and improve the working of, democratic politics. He has also published The Blunkett Tapes (sub-titled My Life in the Bear Pit), written a regular column in The Sun and appeared on Mastermind - where he chose Harry Potter as his specialist subject.
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