She built a reputation as an MP who would fight her and her constituents' corner.
In announcing her resignation, Hazel Blears came out fighting too - saying her legacy would not be her role in the expenses scandal of 2009.
Ms Blears is stepping down after 18 years as MP for Salford.
And in her only interview since that announcement she told our political reporter Daniel Hewitt what she wanted to be remembered for:
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