David Blunkett

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David Blunkett was the Labour MP for Sheffield, Brightside (1987–2010) and Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough (2010–2015).


In May 2008 in the abortion amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill (now Act), David Blunkett voted to keep the current time limit of 24 weeks in line with the scientific and medical consensus[1].

Science Funding

In October 2010, David Blunkett signed Early Day Motion 767: Science is Vital Campaign. The motion stated that the house "believes that continued investment in research is vital in order to meet the technological and social challenges of the 21st century, and to continue to attract high-tech industries to invest here; further believes that large cuts to science funding are a false economy, due to evidence that research investment fuels economic growth".[2]

Drugs Strategy

As Home Secretary, Mr Blunkett reclassified cannabis from class B to class C, following a recommendation by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (this reclassification was reversed by Jacqui Smith). He did not, however reclassify ecstasy from class A to class B as also recommended. A speech from 2002 on this subject: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2002-07-10.886.0

Same-Sex Marriage

David Blunkett voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at its second reading in February 2013[3] and did not vote at its third reading in May 2013[4].


  1. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200607/cmselect/cmsctech/1045/104502.htm
  2. http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/767
  3. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-02-05&number=151&mpn=David_Blunkett
  4. http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2013-05-21&number=11&mpn=David_Blunkett

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