David Blunkett was born on 6 June 1947 in Sheffield. Improperly developed optic nerves meant that he was blind from birth. He attended RNC when it was based in Shrewsbury. After leaving he successfully studied for a degree via evening classes while simultaneously working as a local councillor for Sheffield City Council. He remained at the Council for 18 years, and was Leader from 1980 to 1987. He also served on South Yorkshire County Council from 1973 to 1977.
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