Jacqui Smith

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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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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Time to put security above political calculations

Jacqui Smith  |  1 September 2014

The last time the terror threat level was raised was in my first few days as home secretary in 2007. This followed the failed car bomb attack in London and the attack on Glasgow airport. At that time, the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, comprising key intelligence and security agencies and analysts, which determines the threat …

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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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Labour history unfolding in Hove

Chris Henry  |  6 June 2014

It is amazing where little pieces of history can be found. Who would have thought that an important discovery would be made in a convenience store in Hove, East Sussex? After Peter Kyle was selected as the parliamentary candidate for Hove and Portslade he moved into a new office on Church Road in Hove. There …

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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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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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Time for ‘people power’ in public services

Jacqui Smith  |  10 February 2014

I had begun to worry that the panda which represented the public service elements of our policy review wasn’t just not pregnant, but had taken a vow of chastity. However, this week we can welcome a flurry of activity and ideas on the role of the state and public services. Ed Miliband’s Hugo Young lecture …

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Building a better Fed

Jacqui Smith  |  21 January 2014

I’ve had some pretty lively times with the Police Federation, as Chris Mullin described in his diaries: Jacqui Smith has upset the Police Federation by staggering their pay increase, with the result that they all lose out on a couple of hundred quid … We are being bombarded with letters full of words like outrage, …

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