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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Here's Sunday's latest Granada weather update, plus viewer photos. Looking wet and windy for Bank Holiday Monday...
Cloudy, wet Sunday afternoon. Turning windier overnight into Monday with a second band of rain affecting us on Bank Holiday Monday morning
A 52 year-old man has died after being struck by a car in Salford. The car failed to stop at the scene but was later found on Dalton Drive.