Sir Michael Blundell(1907-1993), Politician in Kenya and famer
Sitter in 3 portraits
At eighteen Blundell became a farm hand in Kenya, later buying a farm at Solai in the Rift valley. His political career began in 1948 when he became elected Member of Parliament in the Kenyan Government and then Leader of the European Elected Members. In 1954, he was appointed Minister Without Portfolio to the Emergency War Council during the Mau Mau crisis, later leaving it to serve as Minister of Agriculture. In 1959, he resigned from office in order to lead a moderate group of elected members of the Legislative Council, the New Kenya Group. In his role as leader of moderate opinion in Kenya he played a large part in bringing about the negotiations for constitutional developments leading to independence.