Articles by Jacqui Smith
Jacqui Smith is a former home secretary and writes the Monday Politics column for Progress

Demo Manchester Conservative party conference

Labour must be more than a protest movement

Jacqui Smith  |  5 October 2015

I love a good protest. I have attended loads in my time – I was even introduced to my husband on an anti-apartheid march, so I know much good can come from them. In the 1980s and early 1990s, I also marched for jobs, against student loans, for the miners, against poverty. I have attended …

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The Brighton Centre. Conference

We must involve the people who’ll decide if we win

Jacqui Smith  |  28 September 2015

Good news – the delegates to Labour party conference still understand the power of unity. In turning down the wish of some for a rushed debate on Trident, they have decided in favour of measured policy consideration rather than grandstanding. Perhaps they actually took Jeremy Corbyn’s call for a more inclusive new politics at face …

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By Royal Appointment

Privy to the privy council

Jacqui Smith  |  22 September 2015

Despite some public misgivings, Jeremy Corbyn has followed in the footsteps of other leaders of the opposition and joined the privy council. I suspect he will not be quite as excited about the swearing in ceremony as I was. My enthusiasm in kissing the Queen’s hand resulted in a smacker which echoed around the room. …

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Usdaw, trade union

The trade union bill is a partisan onslaught

Jacqui Smith  |  14 September 2015

I have just returned from one of my regular trips to Jordan where I am working on a political development project. Nothing much happened while I was away did it? In Jordan we hosted a well-attended meeting of all the political parties to talk about building membership and campaigns amongst other things. We covered the …

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Theresa May

Neither ‘blue’ nor ‘Bullingdon’

Jacqui Smith  |  30 August 2015

Being one of the longest serving home secretaries is a double-edged sword for the wannabe leader, warns Jacqui Smith Some people believe that Theresa May has had her day as a Tory leadership contender, but she is a woman who has been underestimated throughout her career. Furthermore, as Angela Merkel, Tessa Jowell, Margaret Hodge and …

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Miliband Milburn cartoon

The Miliband-Milburn dream-team

Jacqui Smith  |  1 July 2015

Promoting both economic and social mobility together is what Labour is for I want you to imagine that Ed Miliband and Alan Milburn get together and ‘father’ a policy programme. Stop screaming – I think I am onto something. What we need from a new Labour leader is a commitment to both the economic mobility …

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Let’s bin the pledges for a while

Jacqui Smith  |  18 May 2015

I am beginning to think it is time to bin my pledge card. Like John Prescott, I still have the 1997 pledge card which I handed out in thousands in our 1997 campaign. To remind you, the pledges were: We will cut class sizes to 30 or under for five, six and seven year olds …

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Election count; ballot papers.

We need to listen to both winning and losing candidates

Jacqui Smith  |  11 May 2015

I joined the Labour party in late 1979 and had to wait another 18 years until we were in government. And I lost my seat in 2010 so I know what it is like to be on the rough end of our democratic system. I frankly have not got time now to wait another 13 …

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How Good We Can Be W Hutton

How Good We Can Be

Jacqui Smith  |  30 April 2015

For many the run-up to the 1997 election saw us clutching our pledge card in one hand and our copy of Will Hutton’s The State We’re In in the other. In How Good We Can Be, Hutton once again seeks to provide not just an analysis of the deepseated problems with the United Kingdom’s economy …

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Labour doorstep campaign Fiona Mactaggart

Keep at it – it is working

Jacqui Smith  |  13 April 2015

Anybody who is reading this is probably taking a short break from phoning, leafletting, doorknocking and poster-erecting. My message to you is ‘Keep at it – it is working’. Last week I experienced the election campaign equivalent of Peter Mandelson’s old mantra that it is only when you are sick to tears with a particular …

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