David Blunkett Keynote Speaker

  • Leading British Labour MP
  • Home Secretary (2001-04)
  • Work and Pensions Secretary (2005)

David Blunkett's Biography

David Blunkett is a Labour party politician, and one of very few blind MPs to reach the front bench and Cabinet. He shares an insider’s view on the political landscape, drawing from his experience and deep knowledge of high level political issues.

David was elected to Parliament in 1987. Promoted to the Shadow Cabinet in 1992 he took on responsibility for health, education and employment. Following the 1997 Labour election victory, David became Secretary of State for Education and Employment. There he oversaw massive improvements in the basic standards of literacy and numeracy, substantial class size reductions and the introduction of tuition fees.

With Labour returned in 2001, David became Home Secretary, and concentrated on fighting terrorism, crime and anti-social behaviour, and managing immigration and asylum. David resigned as Home Secretary in December 2004, and then took a leading role in fighting Labour’s 3rd term election campaign in spring 2005.

From May to November 2005 he was Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, where he set a clear vision for reform of the welfare state and established a nationwide debate to find a long-term solution to pensions challenges.

Since leaving government, in addition to completing his diaries, “The Blunkett Tapes”, David has undertaken a series of major pieces of work, including on anti-poverty, affordable credit and social mobility. He completed a review of the future role of the community and voluntary sector; chaired a major review of dedicated school transport; and undertook a review of police accountability for the Home Office, which helped shape a subsequent Government White Paper.

Book David Blunkett as a keynote speaker, send us a quick email.

Read More

Videos of David Blunkett

Interview on ChatPolitics (2013)
Interview on ChatPolitics (2013)
Reconnecting the British people with the political process (2014)
Reconnecting the British people with the political process (2014)

Check David Blunkett's speaking fees and availability

    Sending your message…

    Please wait, this can take a moment

    Message sent…

    Close

    Please provide your details and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

    We can only respond to requests for professional speaking engagements. We are unable to respond to requests for autographs, shoutouts and personalized messages.

    View our related Speakers

    Kersti Kaljulaid header image
    Kersti Kaljulaid Speaker
    Exclusive
    Kersti Kaljulaid
    President of the Republic of Estonia between 2016-2021
    Sir Alex Younger Speaker
    Exclusive
    Sir Alex Younger
    Former Chief of MI6 - the Secret Intelligence Service
    Maha Aziz Speaker
    Exclusive
    Maha Aziz
    Author, cartoonist and professor at New York University's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
    Tom Burgis Speaker
    Exclusive
    Tom Burgis
    Award-winning investigative journalist - bestselling author of 'Kleptopia'
    Arlene Foster
    Arlene Foster Speaker
    Exclusive
    Arlene Foster
    First Minister of Northern Ireland on two occasions (between 2016-21) and Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) (2015-21)
    Suzanne Williams Speaker
    Exclusive
    Suzanne Williams
    International Hostage Negotiator
    Jonathan Hill Speaker
    Exclusive
    Jonathan Hill
    Expert on the EU's financial services industry
    David Pilling Speaker
    Exclusive
    David Pilling
    Associate Editor & Africa Editor - Financial Times
    Basim Al-Ahmadi Speaker
    Exclusive
    Basim Al-Ahmadi
    Political Risk and Strategy Consultant
    julian king
    Julian King Speaker
    Exclusive
    Julian King
    EU Commissioner for the Security Union (2016-2019)