He was educated at Whitgift Middle School, Croydon, and Downing College, Cambridge, and became a solicitor. He served as a councillor on Middlesex County Council 1958-61 and on Enfield Borough Council 1958-61, serving as an alderman until 1963. He was elected to the Greater London Council in 1964.
Dunnett was elected at the 1964 general election as Member of Parliament for Nottingham Central and held the seat until it was abolished in boundary changes for the 1974 election. He was then returned for the new Nottingham East until he retired from the House of Commons at the 1983 general election, when Nottingham East was won by the Conservatives.
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1966, 1979 and 1983 editions
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs [self-published source][better source needed]
- Who's Who 2013, pg. 663: DUNNETT, John Jacob, (Jack)
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Jack Dunnett
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|Member of Parliament for Nottingham Central
1964 – Feb. 1974
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Feb. 1974 – 1983
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