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David Blunkett

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One of the most recognisable politicians of the 21st century, David Blunkett spent his entire life battling against the odds before going on to hold some of the most powerful positions in the country. Spending decades in the upper echelons of power have provided David with a whole host of fascinating anecdotes, which he can now bring to audiences everywhere in his capacity as an after-dinner speaker. As well as his stories from life at Westminister, he’s become well-known for being one of the industry’s best diversity keynote speakers due to his blindness. This has seen him come up against far more adversity than your average politician. 

David was born with a genetic disorder that meant his optic nerves did not develop correctly, thus rendering him blind. In his capacity as one of the UK’s best diversity keynote speakers, he can discuss how he coped growing up with his disability, and how he never gave up on his dreams despite repeatedly being told had no prospects. 

Losing his father at a young age, and growing up in poverty in Sheffield also meant that David was socially aware from an early stage – something that made him keen to want to make a difference in later life. Politics was the vehicle he decided to use to achieve his ambitions, and in the early 70s, he became Sheffield City Council’s youngest ever councillor at the age of 22. 

From here his career went from strength to strength, and in 1987 he was named Labour’s MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough. In 1997 the Labour party won the general election, and David was destined for a significant role in government under Tony Blair’s tenure. 

Over the next decade, he went on to hold a number of senior roles in the cabinet including Home Secretary, Minister of Work and Pensions and Minister for Education and Employment. At his speaking events, David is always happy to discuss the responsibility he felt holding such high-profile positions.

Since departing the Commons in 2015, David has spent much of his time on charitable endeavours, working alongside a number of charities for the blind.  

One of the most fascinating diversity keynote speakers on the circuit, David Blunkett can give a unique perspective on working in the heart of government as well as overcoming the adversity his disability has brought. For booking information, contact Evolve today.

Topics and Themes

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Motivational
  • Politics

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