David Blunkett joins students to celebrate graduation

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Politics students were met by a special guest at their Sheffield University graduation - one of the biggest names at Westminster.

David Blunkett, former cabinet minister and Labour MP for Brightside and Hillsborough, is a graduate of the university and a visiting professor at the university’s politics department.

After addressing the latest politics graduates, he said: “I’m extremely pleased that so many young people have chosen to study politics, and that they were able to join with their families on a wonderfully sunny afternoon to celebrate their own success and the beginning of a new future.

“I explained to them that the world was their oyster despite the economic downturn. They will be able to draw on their learning for the benefit of society.”