Magazine article Public Finance

Hazel Blears Bows out of Government to Mixed Reviews

Magazine article Public Finance

Hazel Blears Bows out of Government to Mixed Reviews

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Former communities and local government secretary Hazel Blears has been praised for tier commitment to community politics and public participation In decision-making.

Chris Leslie, director of the New Local Government Network, paid tribute to the Salford MP, who resigned from the government on June 3.

'Hazel focused closely on community cohesion and citizens' empowerment Issues during her tenure at the DCLG and the current Bill making its way through the Commons Is testament to her work,' he told Public Finance. 'Nobody could ever doubt Hazel's passionate commitment to grassroots community politics.'

Reflecting on her time in office, George Jones, emeritus professor of government at the London School of Economics, told PFS 'She gave the agenda of public participation a significant push. I wish at the same time she had been as innovatory about enhancing the role of local councils and councillors.'

Jones noted that it was to Blears that Sir Michael Lyons presented the conclusions of his inquiry into local government reform. …

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