And Mrs Blears
said as she publishes a White Paper on local government reform that so-called "city regions", rather than just individual boroughs, could have their own mayor voted for by the public.
Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "Hazel Blears
has been a brilliant MP, always fighting for those in most need.
said: " Neither I, nor any candidate from any other party would be in a position to vet the immigration status of the hundreds of people who come in through the door to offer to stuff envelopes or deliver leaflets.
In his time at the corporate finance division at Martineau, Mr Blears
was behind the repositioning of the firm and the decision to focus more strongly on key areas, including the environmental sector.
was criticised when it was revealed she failed to pay a tax bill of more than 13,000 pounds on the sale of a flat in London.
Now Ms Blears
, who quit the Cabinet last month following the expenses controversy, has written to the permanent secretary at the DCSF calling for Ms Greenwood to get her job back.
said: ''The absolute priority for me now is to be a bread and butter champion for the people of Salford, to go out there and campaign for Labour.
Now we have the hideous sight of Blears
bleating she didn't mean it.
In her first interview since her dramatic departure, Ms Blears
tried to defuse anger by insisting the move was not part of a plot to oust Gordon Brown.
yesterday made a grovelling apology for her eve-of-election Cabinet resignation as she battled to save her career.
In her first interview since the dramatic departure last week, Ms Blears
tried to defuse anger by insisting that the move was not part of a plot to oust the Prime Minister.
GORDON Brown's authority as Prime Minister was dealt a severe blow, as Communities Secretary Hazel Blears
quit the cabinet on the eve of today's crucial European and local elections.
Brown was accused of losing command of his Cabinet after Communities Secretary Hazel Blears
Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears
, a usually loyal Cabinet member, echoed views of dissenting Labour politicians that the government needed a dramatic change of direction or it could be routed at the next election due by June 2010.
Dawud Abdullah, deputy secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain said he will sue Hazel Blears
, secretary of state for communities, for vilifying him in the media after talks between the cabinet minister and MCB on Friday did not resolve their differences.