Right Honourable
Hazel Blears

Hazel was a Labour Member of Parliament from 1997 – 2015, representing Salford and Eccles. Hazel has had a prolific Ministerial career which included being appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department of Health (2001-03), Minister of State at the Home Office (2003-06), Minister without Portfolio and Labour Party Chair (2006-07) and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (2007-09).

Hazel has also been Vice President of the Local Government Association, Vice Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, served on the National Intelligence and Security Committee, and a member of the Health and Culture Media and Sport backbench committees.

Hazel has contributed and led on a number Government policies during her career. While at the Department of Health, Hazel was responsible for Public Health and launched the Government’s “5-a-day” campaign to get people to eat more fruit and vegetables. As a home office minister, she was responsible for policing, crime reduction and counter terrorism and oversaw the introduction of anti-social behaviour orders and spearheaded the Government’s ‘tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime” commitment.

Hazel’s current commitments include being Senior Adviser to PA Consulting Government, Defence and Security Practice, Non-Executive Board Director with the Cooperative Group, Non-Executive Director Aspire Health and Social Care Coop, Chair of Salford University Institute for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Society Trustee.