Personal and professional papers of David Blunkett, former MP and Home Secretary. The collection dates from his childhood to the present day and includes political correspondence, policy papers, material relating to his constituency work in Sheffield, press cuttings, speeches, diaries, school reports, personal correspondence, book proofs, sound recordings and photographs.
The archive is strongest in the period running up to the election of a Labour government in 1997, and includes extensive material relating to Lord Blunkett's roles in opposition as shadow spokesperson for local government and the Poll Tax, shadow minister for health and shadow education minister. It also contains Blunkett's correspondence relating to his work on the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party from 1983-1997, including material relating to Labour Party strategy, policy formation and the modernisation and reorganisation of the party following the losses of the 1987 and 1992 general elections.
The collection is accruing as Lord Blunkett regularly adds material relating to his work in the House of Lords.