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David Blunkett was elected as the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside in 1987 following eighteen years in local government as both a member of Sheffield City Council and Leader of the Council. Stepping down as an MP at the May 2015 General Election, 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.
His many roles in Parliament have included Secretary of State for Education and Employment where he led on the implementation of the New Deal, saw unemployment fall to below 1 million and was committed to increasing equality through responsibility for the Equal Opportunities Commission and the establishment of the Disability Rights Commission.
Since 2006 David has undertaken a series of major pieces of work on topics including social mobility. He was made a member of the specially convened Speaker’s Conference in 2008 which made a wide range of recommendations aimed at rectifying the disparity between the representation of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in the House of Commons, and their representation in the UK population at large.