Hazel Blears has been the Salford MP since 1997 and she held a number of senior positions during Labour’s time in Government including the Police and Counter Terrorism Minister, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which time she had a particular focus on strengthening links between communities, and introduced the ‘Total Place’ approach, bringing together resources across health, local government and policing into community budgets to integrate services and maximise impact in local areas.
Hazel authored the first cross Government Social Enterprise strategy when she was Secretary of State for Communities and that she currently a member of the current Government Review of the Social Value Act. Hazel also convenes a group of businesses social enterprises and local authorities called ‘’Doing Good is Good Business’’.
Hazel is the Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility and is on the board of the Social Mobility Foundation. Hazel is also the Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia and an Alzheimer’s Society ambassador.
Hazel’s campaign to promote the benefits of the social economy culminated in 2012 with the passing of The Public Services (Social Value) Act by Parliament. In 2013, Hazel became a member of the Advisory Board of the Big Society Capital, which is transforming social investment in the UK to improve people’s lives.
Hazel Blears is proud of Labour’s record in transforming the city of her birth and has helped bring hundreds of millions of pounds of investment in schools, housing and the NHS, and given greater powers to local communities.