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Candidate

  David Blunkett
Sheffield Brightside
Secretary of State for Education & Employment

Elected in 2001? Yes
Personal details
Married 1970, Ruth Gwynneth Mitchell (divorced 1990)
3 sons

Education
Sheffield School for the Blind
Royal Normal College for the Blind
Shrewsbury Technical College
Sheffield Richmond College of Further Education (day release and evening courses)
Sheffield University (BA political theory and institutions 1972)
Huddersfield College of Education (PGCE 1973)

Non-political career
Office work, East Midlands Gas Board 1967-69
Tutor in industrial relations and politics, Barnsley College of Technology 1973-81

Electoral history
Contested Sheffield Hallam February 1974 general election. Member for Sheffield Brightside since June 1987.

Political career
Shadow Secretary of State for: Health 1992-94
Education 1994-95
Education and Employment 1995-97
Secretary of State for Education and Employment 1997-. Spokesman: Opposition Spokesman on Environment (Local Government) 1988-92.

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