Monday Politics

10 Downing Street

The only reshuffle which matters

Jacqui Smith  |  14 July 2014

I always tried not to indulge in reshuffle speculation when in parliament, but essentially all those ministers who pompously announce that they are ‘just getting on with the day job’ and not thinking about the whiteboard and post-it notes in the corner of an office in No 10 are big fibbers. I even used to …

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Stonebridge estate

Redistributing power must be our priority

Jacqui Smith  |  23 June 2014

On a recent long car journey, my husband and I were passing the time with the sort of idle political questions which fill long hours – who’s the best ever Labour leader (easy); who’ll be the next Tory leader (more tricky!). Finally I posed the question – ‘if you had to choose between redistributing wealth …

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Theresa May

Preventing harm to Prevent

Jacqui Smith  |  9 June 2014

I can understand David Cameron’s frustration this week. A win at Newark (albeit in the 40th safest Tory seat) and the Queen’s speech (even a thin, feeble one) have been overshadowed by the egos and leadership ambitions of two of his cabinet. The Gove-May spat is pretty breathtaking even for those of us who have …

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Police

The Fed’s future is in its own hands

Jacqui Smith  |  19 May 2014

Back in January this year, I wrote a piece on the Normington Review of the Police Federation.  I wished the Fed luck in carrying though the sensible and vital reform outlined in the report. Four months on, there is little evidence of reform, but several high-level resignations including the officials who commissioned the review, allegations …

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Rwanda women parliamentarians

Platitudes just won’t cut it any more

Jacqui Smith  |  12 May 2014

What do Rwanda, Kazakhstan and Tunisia have in common? Their parliaments have a higher proportion of women MPs than the UK. In fact, we’re 58th in this league table. And what about how that translates into government? France, Italy, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Bulgaria and Romania all have a higher proportion of …

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UKIP

We need to do more than just condemn Ukip

Jacqui Smith  |  28 April 2014

I have spent most of the last fortnight working abroad, so I have not been out campaigning for Labour on the doorstep and I have got most of my political news via Twitter. This puts me in exactly the worst place to reflect on Labour’s response to the United Kingdom Independence party poster campaign, but …

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Frontline 40

The faces of our 2015 majority

Jacqui Smith  |  7 April 2014

Today I want to pay tribute to the work and sacrifice of our prospective parliamentary candidates and to consider their pivotal role in achieving a Labour majority. There have been some great selections over the weekend and in recent weeks and those very able candidates have got a lot of work ahead in the coming …

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Riot police

Why water cannon are not the answer

Jacqui Smith  |  24 March 2014

This weekend, the Telegraph published a letter from members of parliament, peers, campaigners and union leaders opposing the Metropolitan police and mayor’s call for the authorisation of water cannon use. Irritatingly, the letter was signed by some people who have opposed almost any developments of police capability ever, but there were plenty of others who …

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Immigration

Immigration: The crude cap problem

Jacqui Smith  |  3 March 2014

This week’s thought is ‘inspired’ by Nigel Farage and Liam Fox. Inspired in the way that a nasty smell might force you to clean out your drains, but nevertheless you’ll see what I mean. This weekend, Fox argued in a Sunday Telegraph interview that the Tories should stop focussing on what he called the ‘statistical …

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Women

The job’s not yet done

Jacqui Smith  |  17 February 2014

The other night on BBC Question Time, David Starkey suggested I was a ‘token woman’ as home secretary as a way of suggesting that more women weren’t necessary in politics. As in so many other things, he was wrong about that – I’m proud of the whole of my 10-year ministerial career. However, here’s a …

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