23 September 2017   |  Last Updated 15-01-2015 12:58

      Friday 21, February 2014

      Labour MP Hazel Blears to step down

       

       

       

      Time: Hazel Blears calls time on her near-18 year stint as Salford and Eccles MPHAZEL Blears, MP for the Salford and Eccles constituency, has today confirmed that she will resign from her position at the next general election.

      Having held the North West seat since 1997, Mrs Blears explained at a constituency meeting this morning that she wanted to “spend more time with her family” including her mother Dorothy – who suffers from dementia.

      In a statement issued earlier today, Mrs Blears said: “Today I have told the prime minister that I am resigning from the government.

      “It is a huge privilege to represent the place where I was born, brought up and have lived all my life, so I have taken this decision with a heavy heart.

      “I have been driven throughout my time as MP by a desire to improve people’s lives and ensure that Salford gets its fair share of resources and investment.

      “No one person has a magic wand with which to do this, but I have worked hard alongside some fantastic leaders, organisations and residents and I feel that together we have really made a difference.

      “When I look around me now and think back to 1997 I can honestly say I am proud that our city is in a much better place now than it was back then.”

      Mrs Blears, who served in Gordon Brown’s cabinet as Communities Secretary (2007-2009), has overseen a massive transformation in Salford during her time as MP and she will undoubtedly leave big shoes to fill when the general election takes place on 7 May 2015.

      Such transformation has seen Mrs Blears support tirelessly her local services which includes the likes of Salford Royal Hospital, which is now regarded as one of Britain’s best hospitals, and the Greater Manchester Police, where crime and anti-social behaviour has been cut by 50 per cent.

      Mrs Blears was also heavily involved in persuading the BBC to relocate to her constituency as she supported the MediaCityUK development on the Quays.

      “I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the years and it goes without saying that whoever is chosen as Labour’s election candidate will have my wholehearted support,” she added.

      “In the meantime, we still have more than a year of hard work ahead of us before the General Election, and our commitment to the cause must be as strong as ever.”

      It must be stated, however, that there have been some dark moments in her near-18 year role as MP after she allegedly avoided paying £18,000 in tax on the sale of a taxpayer-funded home during the expenses scandal back in 2009.

       

      In response to this event Mrs Blears had previously said ‘it would take years for my reputation to recover’, but Salford is sure to be more than thankful for her overall contributions to the city, as is the Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party, who took to the social networking site Twitter to send his message of thanks for her service.

       

       

       

      By Liam McCallion

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Published by Liam McCallion on 15-01-2015 12:58
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