In a statement about her decision to stand down, Hazel Blears said:
“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. [...]
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the years"
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