A selection of images representing communities.
Overall responsibility for the Department and its policies, including:
On Thursday 28 June 2007, Hazel Blears became the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
Hazel Blears came to Communities and Local Government from the Cabinet Office where, since May 2006, she has been Minister without Portfolio and Party Chair.
Previously Hazel Blears was Minister of State for Policing, Security and Community Safety, when her portfolio included counter terrorism, crime reduction, and active communities, and prior to this, Minister of State for Crime Reduction, Policing and Community Safety.
Hazel Blears came to the Home Office in 2003 from the Department of Health, where she was Parliamentary Secretary and then Minister of State for Public Health.
Hazel Blears was elected as a Member of Parliament for Salford in May 1997.
Before being elected as an MP, Hazel Blears was Principal Solicitor for Manchester City Council. Hazel Blears worked as a solicitor for Rossendale Council between 1981 and 1983 and for Wigan council between 1983 and 1985. She was a Salford City Councillor between 1984 and 1992 and was chair of Salford Community Health Council from 1992 to 1996.
Ms Blears was born in Salford on 14 May 1956 and was educated at Wardley Grammar School; Eccles Sixth Form College; Trent Polytechnic; and Chester College of Law where she received a BA Hons, Law.
Hazel Blears is married and lives in Salford. Her hobbies include dancing, riding her motorbike and gardening.