Club Dinner | Speaker: David Blunkett

Event Information

Date & Time: 15/03/2018 7:15 pm
Place: The Queen Hotel, Chester

David Blunkett to be guest speaker at Club Dinner in support of RNIB

‘Whatever your own political persuasion, when you listen to David you realise his conviction is utterly genuine. Add the fact that he’s been blind since birth, and his achievements begin to hit home. But what might really surprise you is the warmth, the wealth of anecdotes and a delightful sense of humour.’

The Club is very pleased to announce that The Rt Hon Lord (David) Blunkett will be Guest of Honour and speaker at a special fundraising Dinner in support of The Royal National Institute for The Blind.

Blind since birth, and coming from a poor family in one of Sheffield’s most deprived districts, David Blunkett rose to become, successively, Education & Employment Secretary, Home Secretary and Work & Pen- sions Secretary in Tony Blair’s Cabinet following Labour’s victory in the 1997 general election.

Fraser Nelson, Editor of the right-wing Spectator magazine, says, “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.”

David Blunkett was elected MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough in May 2010, having been the youngest-ever councillor on Sheffield City Council, being elected in 1970 at the age of 22 whilst a teacher. He served on Sheffield City Council from 1970 to 1988, becoming Leader from 1980 to 1987 and on South Yorkshire County Council from 1973 to 1977.

After standing down as an MP, he was awarded a peerage in the dissolution honours lists (becoming Baron Blunkett, of Brightside and Hillsborough in the City of Sheffield) and is now 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 he agreed to be- come Chairman of the Board of the University of Law.

He is also much involved as an Ambassador for the Royal National Institute for the Blind to which the proceeds of this Club Dinner will be donated.

When, where & dress code

    • Thursday 15th March 2018
    • The Queen Hotel, Chester
    • Informal Networking from 7.15pm – Dinner at 7.45pm
    • Dress: Black Tie

– Image of David Blunkett courtesy of