Hazel Blears

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Hazel Blears at a Policy Exchange event

Hazel Blears is a former Labour Party cabinet minister who was MP for Salford from 1997-2010 and then Salford and Eccles until 2015.

Blears stepped down at the May 2015 general election and was replaced by Rebecca Long-Bailey.[1][2]

In April 2015 Blears announced her bid to become a paid director of the Co-operative Group. The group's members are due to vote at its AGM in May 2015. [3]

Political career

Blears contested Tatton unsuccessfully at the 1987 general election, and Bury South in 1992. She served as MP for Salford from 1997 to 2010, at which time she won the renamed Salford and Eccles constituency.[4]

From 2001 to to 2003, Blears was a parliamentary under-secretary at the Department of Health. She served as a Minister of State at the Home Office responsible for Policing, Security and Community Safety from 2003 to 2006. In 2004, she became a member of the Labour Party National Executive Committee, a position she held until 2010. In 2006-07, she served as a Minister without Portfolio at the Cabinet Office and Labour Party Chair. She was Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government from 2007 to 2009. Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 2007-09. She has been a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee since 2010.[4]

External resources



  • Address: 201 Langworthy Road, Salford, M6 5PW
  • Telephone: 0161 925 0705


  • Address: House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
  • Telephone: 020 7219 6595
  • Email: blearsh@parliament.uk

Web and social media


  1. BBC News Hazel Blears, MP for Salford and Eccles, to stand down, 20 February 2014, accessed 11 May 2015.
  2. BBC News Salford and Eccles, accessed 11 May 2015.
  3. Your member nominated directors, The Co-operative Group website, accessed 12 May 2015
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hazel Blears, www.parliament.uk, accessed 22 March 2013.