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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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David Blunkett comes to Workington

Former political big-hitter David Blunkett will be the guest speaker at the Mayor of Workington’s civic dinner.

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DINNER GUEST: Andrew Lawson, left, now Workington’s mayor, with David Blunkett in 2011

The ex-Labour Home Secretary has been invited by Andrew Lawson, 22, to the Washington Central Hotel event on March 14.

The pair met in Workington in 2011 when Mr Blunkett, 65, a Sheffield MP, was canvassing.

Mr Lawson said: “I am sure that whatever he says in his speech will be interesting. He is a remarkable man who has had to face a lot of barriers.”

Money raised from the dinner will go towards Mr Lawson’s mayoral charities – the 4th Workington Scouts and Guides, Workington Sea Cadets and Workington RNLI.

Mr Blunkett, who has been blind since birth, was 22 when elected as the youngest ever councillor on Sheffield’s town council in 1970.

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