Granada 12 updates 20 February 2014 at 7:10pm Hazel Blears to step down as Salford and Eccles MP Hazel Blears has announced that she is stepping down as MP for Salford and Eccles. Share Tweet Plus Reddit Live updates 7:24 pm, Thu 20 Feb 2014 @DanielHewitt with Hazel Blears as she prepares to tell members she's stepping down Daniel Hewitt @DanielHewittITV Follow I've just spoken to Hazel Blears. Didn't want to speak on camera but looked happy as she prepares to tell members news she's stepping down. Politics Labour Salford Share Tweet Plus Reddit 7:10 pm, Thu 20 Feb 2014 BREAKING: Hazel Blears to step down as MP for Salford and Eccles Hazel Blears in 2009 when she announced that she was resigning as Communities Minister Credit: PA Hazel Blears has announced that she is standing down as Labour MP for Salford and Eccles at the next General Election. She has represented the Salford constituency since 1997. Politics Salford Eccles Share Tweet Plus Reddit Advertisement Load more updates Back to top Latest ITV News reports Hazel Blears to step down as MP for Salford and Eccles. Salford and Eccles MP says she needs to spend more time with her family.