07/04/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hazel Blears, UK Communities Secretary, Is 4th To Resign Amid Expenses Controversy

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears today became the fourth minister to quit the Government, piling further pressure on Gordon Brown ahead of tomorrow's crunch European and local elections.

Ms Blears announced her resignation in a statement just two hours ahead of Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, saying she wanted to "return to the grassroots (where I began), to political activism, to the cut and thrust of political debate".

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