Jacqueline Jill Smith is a British broadcaster, political commentator and former Labour politician. She was the first female Home Secretary and the third woman to hold one of the Great Offices of State, after Margaret Thatcher and Margaret Beckett. She resigned as Home Secretary on 5 June 2009 following her involvement in the United Kingdom parliamentary expenses scandal. Smith lost her seat as Member of Parliament for Redditch in the 2010 general election.
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Jacqueline Jill Smith is a British broadcaster, political commentator and former Labour politician. She was the first female Home Secretary and the third woman to hold one of the Great Offices of State, after Margaret Thatcher and Margaret Beckett. She resigned as Home Secretary on 5 June 2009 following her involvement in the United Kingdom parliamentary expenses scandal. Smith then lost her seat as Member of Parliament for Redditch in the 2010 general election. After leaving the House of Commons, she remained in public life as a political pundit and took up roles in various other sectors, such as health and media. Smith was regarded as a loyal Blairite during Tony Blair’s premiership, and she was brought to tears by Blair’s farewell appearance in the Commons. She describes herself as having a ‘feminist background’ and says she has a ‘femist’ and ‘queenlike’ personality. She has been described as a ‘loyal Blairite’ and a ‘Blairite’ by the BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson. She is a member of the Royal College of Education and the National Council of Teachers of English. Smith is married to former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband and has a son and a daughter. She lives in Redditch, Worcestershire, with her husband and three children. She works as a teacher at a private school and a private care home. Smith has a daughter and a son who are both professional actors and have appeared in a number of films and TV shows. She also has a step-son who is a TV presenter and has appeared on The Voice of England and The Voice Of Wales.
Her husband is a former BBC Radio 4 presenter and presenter of a children’s television show, ‘‘The Voice Of England’’. The couple have two children, a son, a daughter-in-law and two step-grandchildren. They have a daughter who is also a television presenter and a grandchild. Smith also has two sons who are professional footballers and a grandson who plays for the Football League. She had a daughter in 2008, who is now a professional football coach. Smith had a son in 2010, who was also a professional footballer and has worked as a football coach and a professional coach. Her daughter is a mother-of-three, who has also been a teacher and a headmistress. Smith is married to a former Labour MP and the mother of two sons, who both work in the private sector. She currently lives with her wife and has two children in a care home in Worcs, near Redditch. In 2008, Smith announced new powers for the police, including the proposal to permit law enforcement services to hold terrorist suspects or those linked to terrorism for 42 days. Smith introduced legislation to toughen the prostitution laws, making it a criminal offence to pay for sex with a prostitute controlled by a pimp. In the 2006 reshuffle she was appointed as the Government’s Chief Whip. In a period when supporters of Gordon Brown were pushing Prime Minister Tony Blair to resign, she was successfully able to calm the situation down.