Blunkett to join political initiative

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Veteran MP David Blunkett is set to become an academic – as part of a new political initiative to be launched by Sheffield University.

The Labour MP for Brightside and Hillsborough and former Home Secretary will be a visiting professor at the world’s first centre for the public understanding of politics.

He will join leading political experts, contributing to academic work and developing policies at a national level.

Mr Blunkett was a mature student at the university from 1969 to 1975.

His tutor was Sir Bernard Crick – who the new centre is to be named after.

Mr Blunkett said: “I’ve always been proud to work with the university, which welcomed me all those years ago.

“I’m pleased to be able to develop work with the Crick Centre. I hope this will become a centre of excellence and have a lasting impact on the work of politics and social sciences more broadly.”