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Stand down, Hazel Blears we’ve had enough

Issue No. 2170

The latest meeting of the Hazel Must Go campaign took place against the backdrop of continued negative headlines about scandal-ridden New Labour MP Hazel Blears.

More than 100 people packed into an Eccles community centre to hear guest speaker Martin Bell, former BBC journalist and anti-sleaze campaigner.

Many of her constituents can’t find work, but Blears received a £20,000 golden handshake when she quit her job as a cabinet minister after the MPs’ expenses scandal.

The meeting voted almost unanimously to issue an ultimatum to Blears to step down by 31 October or the campaign would begin the process of selecting a candidate to stand against her in the general election.

We also adopted a charter opposing cuts, privatisation and racism.

The meeting agreed to produce a newspaper carrying the views of constituents to keep up the pressure.

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Tue 22 Sep 2009, 18:28 BST
Issue No. 2170
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