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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Mainly dry with some hazy sunshine. Feeling a little warmer, winds a little lighter
Clear spells and showers overnight. Drier and brighter and a little warmer on Saturday. Rain and wind into Sunday morning
Higher risk of sunburn for the first part of the weekend with some late May sunshine