Monday Politics

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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hustings pac15 1

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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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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Police Community Support Officers PCSOs

Policing by partnership and involvement

Jacqui Smith  |  9 March 2015

Putting a neighbourhood policing team into every community was one of the most important public service reforms of the last Labour government. It is under serious threat from record levels of cuts in policing reported this weekend. However, it is also under threat from those who wilfully choose to ignore the fact that neighbourhood policing …

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jihadi john

MI5 is not to blame for Jihadi John

Jacqui Smith  |  2 March 2015

Any parent of teenagers and many others will have felt their heart clench as they looked at the pictures of Shamima Begum, Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana waiting at the Istanbul bus station before heading to the Syrian borders and into the clutches of Islamic State. While I was home secretary, the then director general …

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Lidl shopper

Votes are precious – do not take them for granted

Jacqui Smith  |  23 February 2015

Having been one of the original ‘Worcester women’ in my Midlands marginal seat, and previously a loyal shopper at Sainsbury’s and Tescos, I realised on Saturday that I am once again on political trend as I tried to find a parking place in my crowded local Lidl. This weekend the Sun on Sunday ran an …

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Eton College

Parliament is the last place where we need establishment ‘groupthink’

Jacqui Smith  |  9 February 2015

Does it matter what school you went to? There was some interesting research from the Sutton Trust this week on the educational backgrounds of those likely to win parliamentary seats in May. The key conclusion is that the overrepresentation of those who have been privately educated will continue in the new parliament – for both …

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