Blears’s resignation statement said: "Today I have told the Prime Minister that I am resigning from the Government.
"My politics has always been rooted in the belief that ordinary people are capable of extraordinary things, given the right support and encouragement. The role of a progressive government should be to pass power to the people. I’ve never sought high office for the sake of it, or for what I can gain, but for what I can achieve for the people I represent and serve.
"In this next phase of my political life I am redoubling my efforts to speak up for the people of Salford as their member of parliament. I am returning to the grassroots (where I began), to political activism, to the cut and thrust of political debate.
"Most of all I want to help the Labour party to reconnect with the British people, to remind them that our values are their values, that their hopes and dreams are ours too. I am glad to be going home to the people who matter the most to me: the people of Salford. Finally, there’s an important set of elections tomorrow. My message is simple: get out and vote Labour."
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