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

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It’s the coalition’s nasty incompetence we need to expose

Jacqui Smith  |  19 January 2015

The Tories started the political year with a campaign press conference. Leaving aside the impression of the ‘worst boy band in the world’, which the five cabinet ministers in a row conjured up, the point of the event was to signal that the Tories aim to make the general election about competence. There was real …

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Paris March Charlie Hebdo

Protecting, not undermining, our rights and freedoms

Jacqui Smith  |  12 January 2015

Events in Paris have been shocking and tragic. However, for those involved with protecting us from terror, they were far from unexpected. The continuing Islamist terror threat is real and known. In the United Kingdom there have been 140 individuals convicted of terror-related offences since 2010 and many other plots will undoubtedly have been foiled. …

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Power Pledge

A pledge to distribute power more equally

Jacqui Smith  |  15 December 2014

I sincerely hope that this will be the last coalition Christmas we will need to endure. At last the general election feels within touching distance – and the chance of a Labour government is real. One thing is for sure after next May’s election – we will see another jump in the number of women …

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A little bit of character goes a long way

Jacqui Smith  |  8 December 2014

Today, Tristram Hunt is calling for schools to do more to develop character among young people. Quoting Winston Churchill and the idea of ‘British spirit’ was a clever way to ensure today’s speech got some good Sunday coverage. As a former teacher I can also imagine that there will be a fair amount of resigned …

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Michael Gove

Home truths for Michael Gove

Jacqui Smith  |  17 November 2014

Parliamentary discontent with the government’s handling of EU crime and justice measures, in particular the European arrest warrant, rumbles on today in the House of Lords. Timothy Boswell, chair of the Lords European Union committee, is tabling a ‘statement of regret’ ie ‘We’re flipping peed off with the handling of this’, with the cross-party support …

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Police tape

What will come after police commissioners?

Jacqui Smith  |  3 November 2014

Well done to Alan Billings and Labour campaigners in the South Yorkshire Police area. Last week, I was reading that the United Kingdom Independence party was ‘expected’ to gain this police and crime commissioner position. This week, I am reading much less about the fact that Labour and Alan succeeded in getting more than 50 …

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Time for Labour to stop trashing its own record

Jacqui Smith  |  20 October 2014

‘What is your greatest weakness’? – an idiotic interview question in my view, but nevertheless apparently a popular one. Suggestions for answering it include ‘I’m just too much of a perfectionist/workaholic’ and other lies. Despite the possibility of this question, preparation for a job interview should involve quite a lot of combing through our CVs …

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No need for new policy on immigration

Jacqui Smith  |  13 October 2014

If comment pieces were votes, we would have defeated the United Kingdom Independence party already and would no longer have to worry about having been 600 votes away from a disastrous by-election defeat last week. But they are not. None of the ‘easy’ responses to Ukip have yet worked – ignore them; talk about talking …

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How to be a Minister

Jacqui Smith  |  18 September 2014

I have owned three copies of Gerald Kaufman MP’s original version of How to be a Minister. I still have two – perhaps the third was flung from a ministerial window when it failed to prevent some disaster or other. The point is, of course, that no book can ever completely prepare you for ministerial …

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Too many men: The problem with all-male panels

Bex Bailey and Jacqui Smith  |  15 September 2014

Many of us heading to Labour party conference this year received our passes in the post last week. A brief flick through the fringe guide and it is quickly clear that, once again, we have an all-male panel problem. What is wrong with all-male panels? After all, men do dominate in all areas of public …

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