Lifetime achievement award for Sheffield MP David Blunkett

Veteran Sheffield MP David Blunkett has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement in Politics award at the Political Studies Association’s annual awards dinner.

The MP for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, who is stepping down at the next General Election, was presented with the award by Peter Kellner of YouGov.

The judging panel, made up of top political academics, called Mr Blunkett’s achievements ‘astonishing’.

The citation said: “Mr Blunkett has been an effective if controversial minister who did much to help Labour’s rise to power and dominance from 1997 through to 2010.

“There are few people who know just how hard active politics is as a profession and few who have worked so tirelessly to deliver change.”