Jacqui Smith

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Jacqui Smith

Member of the British Labour Party add

Category: Politics

Born in 1962.

Countries: United Kingdom (87%), (5%), United States (3%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Home Secretary, Worcestershire, Department for Education and Skills (United Kingdom)

Linked to: Home Secretary, House of Commons of the United Kingdom, Conservative Party, Hertford College, Oxford




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Jacqui Smith was born in 1962 add something


Smith married Richard Timney in October 1987 in Malvern, Worcestershire, and they have two sons add something


Working as a school teacher, Smith taught Economics at Arrow Vale High School in Redditch from 1986 to 1988 and at Worcester Sixth Form College, before becoming Head of Economics and GNVQ Co-ordinator at Haybridge High School, Hagley in 1990 add something


Having failed to be elected as a Labour MP for the safe Conservative seat of Mid Worcestershire in 1992, Smith was selected through an all-women shortlist in the 1997 general election as the Labour candidate for Redditch add something


Her officials, however, acknowledged that major crimes such as serious assault, rape and murder were at a higher level than in 1997 add something


Phil Woolas - On 21 May, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced that all Gurkha veterans who had served four years or more in the British Army before 1997 would be allowed to settle in Britain


Smith entered the Government in July 1999 as a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Education and Employment, working with the Minister for School Standards Estelle Morris add something


She became a Minister of State at the Department of Health following the 2001 general election add something


Her parents were teachers, and both Labour councillors; although her mother briefly joined the SDP. Her local MP, Conservative backbencher Sir Michael Spicer, recalled in Parliament in 2003 how he had first met her when he was addressing the sixth form at The Chase School, where Smith's mother was a teacher add something


She was appointed as the Government's deputy Minister for Women in 2003, working alongside Secretary of State Patricia Hewitt add something


Chris Huhne - Cannabis had been re-classified as a class C drug in 2004 by Home Secretary David Blunkett only for Jacqui Smith to reverse the ruling in 2008, a decision taken despite official advisers recommending against the change


Following the 2005 general election, Smith was appointed to serve as the Minister of State for Schools in the Department for Education and Skills, replacing Stephen Twigg who had lost his seat add something


Ann McKechin - In Parliament she served briefly as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jacqui Smith in 2005 in her capacity as Minister of State at both the Department of Trade and Industry and at the Department for Education and Skills


In the 2006 reshuffle she was appointed as the Government's Chief Whip add something


Jodie Marsh - On 24 March 2006, Liberal Democrats education spokesman Phil Willis questioned Schools Minister Jacqui Smith in Parliament as to whether Marsh should be permitted access to schools in promoting her BeatBullying work, describing her blog as "the language of an appalling bully"


On 19 July 2007 Smith admitted to smoking cannabis a few times in Oxford in the 1980s add something


Andrew Gwynne - Between July 2007 and June 2009, he served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Jacqui Smith MP. In June 2009 he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, the Rt Hon Ed Balls MP.


Police community support officer - On 26 November 2007 the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith made the decision that from December 2007, all PCSOs must be 18 before they can be appointed


On 24 January 2008, she announced new powers for the police, including the proposal to permit law enforcement services to hold terrorist suspects or those linked to terrorism for up to 42 days without charging them add something


In June 2008 the "Independent newspaper" reported that she was a season-ticket holder at Aston Villa Football Club add something


In December 2008, Timney was discovered to have written a series of letters praising the work of Smith which were sent to newspapers; however, he had failed to disclose that he was her husband and managing her constituency office add something


Moshe Feiglin - Feiglin is banned from entering the United Kingdom due to a decision by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, made public in March 2008, excluding Feiglin on the grounds that his presence in the country "would not be conducive to the public good


In February 2009 Smith was accused by Nutt of making a political decision in rejecting the scientific advice to downgrade ecstasy from a class A drug add something


On 8 February 2009, it was revealed in the press that Smith had designated a house in London owned by her sister as her main residence in order to claim a parliamentary allowance for her house in Redditch as a secondary home, despite explicitly stating on her website that she "lives in Redditch" add something


In March 2009, Smith published the first ever public Counter Terror Strategy add something


In May 2009, Smith announced that the cost of introducing the National Identity Card project , had risen to an estimated £5,3 billion, and that it would first become compulsory for foreign students and airport staff add something


On 5 May 2009, Smith named 16 'undesirable individuals', including convicted murderers and advocates of violence, who were to be banned from entering the United Kingdom over their alleged threat to public order add something


On 2 June 2009, Smith confirmed that she would leave the Cabinet in the next reshuffle, expected after the local and European Elections add something


On 5 June 2009, she ceased to be Home Secretary in the Cabinet reshuffle, and lost her seat as Member of Parliament for Redditch in the 2010 General Election add something


In October 2009, it was reported that the Standards Commissioner, John Lyon, had looked into complaints over her expense claims add something


Geert Wilders - After being declared "persona non grata" by Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, in February 2009, Wilders appealed the decision to Britain's Asylum and Immigration Tribunal


Gatwick Airport - Brook House, an immigration-removal centre of the UK Border Agency, was opened near the airport on 18 March 2009 by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith


Alan Johnson - On 5 June 2009, he was appointed to the position of Home Secretary during a reshuffle, replacing the first female holder of the post, Jacqui Smith


In 2010, she has started working as a consultant for KPMG and as an adviser to Sarina Russo Job Access add something


In the General Election on 6 May 2010, Jacqui Smith lost her seat as Member of Parliament for Redditch to Karen Lumley of the Conservative Party, who won the seat with a majority of 5,821 votes add something


Teresa May - On 12 May 2010, when May was appointed Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality by Prime Minister David Cameron as part of his first Cabinet, she became the fourth woman to hold one of the British Great Offices of State, after Margaret Thatcher , Margaret Beckett and Jacqui Smith


" She contributed to "The Purple Book" in 2011, putting forward new ideas on crime and policing add something


Smith presented a documentary on pornography, for BBC Radio 5 Live, called "Porn Again" which was broadcast on 3 March 2011 add something


Since March 2012, she has co-hosted a weekly show on talk radio station LBC 97,3 alongside former Conservative cabinet minister David Mellor - she took over from Ken Livingstone after he left to contest the London Mayoral Race of 2012 add something


She is to take over as Chair of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in December 2013 add something