Comic Jo Brand entertains guests at farewell party for ex-Sheffield MP David Blunkett

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Comedian Jo Brand entertained 150 guests at a party for former Sheffield MP David Blunkett to officially say a fond farewell to his constituency.

Celebrities and dignitaries attended the event at Owlerton Stadium to celebrate the career of one of Sheffield’s longest-serving politicians.

The former Brightside and Hillsborough MP, whose political career has spanned five decades, enjoyed a celebration meal with friends and guests including MP for Attercliffe, Clive Betts; South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr Alan Billings and the new Brightside and Hillsborough MP, Harry Harpham.

The event, which included a fundraising raffle and auction, also doubled up as the official launch of Mr Blunkett’s new book on his life and career.

Peter Clarke, assistant general manager at Owlerton Stadium, said: “We were extremely proud to host this high-profile event and welcome leading names from the world of politics and entertainment to Owlerton Stadium in the heart of Lord Blunkett’s constituency.

“The event was a huge success and a fitting tribute to Lord Blunkett’s outstanding service as the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough.”

Mr Blunkett, who grew up in Parson Cross, became a Sheffield councillor at the age of 22 and became an MP in 1987, holding his seat for 28 years until he retired in May.

He was handed a cabinet post following Labour’s victory in 1997 General Election, spending stints as Education and Employment Secretary, Home Secretary and Work and Pensions Secretary.

The 67-year-old lives on the Chatsworth estate.