Jacqui Smith

Ex-Brit Home Secy apologises for claiming hubby''s porn film expenses

Ex-Brit Home Secy apologises for claiming hubby''s porn film expensesLondon, Oct 13 : Ex-British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has said sorry to the Commons for wrongly claiming 116,000 pounds in second home allowances, which included porn movies watched by her husband.

However, critics are furious after MPs refused to order her to repay a penny.

Smith was investigated after claiming her main home was her sister''s house in London, which enabled her to make second home claims on her constituency home in Redditch, Worcs, where husband Richard Timney and their sons lived.

MPs'' expenses: Claims would shame dictator, police tell Jacqui Smith

MPs'' expenses: Claims would shame dictator, police tell Jacqui SmithLondon, May 14 : Senior police officers have told Home Secretary Jacqui Smith that MPs are enjoying expenses that would not look out of place in a "Third-World dictatorship".

Members of the Police Federation of England and Wales criticized Smith as she defended the expenses and allowances for all public servants, saying they were necessary for them to work effectively, reports The Telegraph.

Jacqui Smith’s home struck with ‘shameful’ blue plaque

Jacqui SmithLondon, April 14 : Jacqui Smith’s house in Nunhead, South London, became a target for pranksters on Monday when they fixed a blue plaque to it, in order to shame the British Home Secretary over her vast expenses claims.

The plaque was glued on by arts magazine publisher Joseph Wade.

Modelled on English Heritage ones to mark a famous person’s address, it describes Jacqui as “best known for claiming expenses for her barbecue and husband’s porn films.”

The Home Secretary stays in a room at the house her sister owns, and calls it her main residence.

Jacqui Smith refuses to quit over porn scandal

British Home Secretary Jacqui SmithLondon, April 8: British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has said that she will not resign over the porn expenses scandal.

She admitted that she made a “bad mistake” by sanctioning two adult movies watched by her husband, but insisted that she would not bow to pressure to step down from her position in the Cabinet.

“This was a mistake, it was a mistake that we both made,” the Daily Express quoted her as saying.

Jacqui Smith faces new grilling for barbecue and garden patio set

Jacqui Smith faces new grilling for barbecue and garden patio setLondon, Apr 6 : British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is once again in the news after she claimed 200 pounds in expenses to buy a barbecue and garden patio set.

Smith, 46, who earns 142,000 pounds a year, also billed taxpayers for 335 pounds worth of plant pots.

The items are said to be a part of the "scandalous" 150,000 pounds she has drawn in second home costs since 2001.

The Home Secretary is already under fire after she made claims for two 5 pounds porn films watched by hubby Richard Timney.

Jacqui Smith apologises over TV porn affair

British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith London, April 5, : British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has apologised following the humiliating admission that she claimed taxpayer-funded allowances for the cost of two porn films watched by her husband.

The 46-year-old has been fighting to salvage her credibility and future political career at a time when she is already under investigation by the Parliamentary watchdog for claiming the share in the house she rents from her sister as her "main residence".

"I was angry and mortified that I had done it, that we had done it,” The Telegraph quoted her as saying.

Jacqui Smith’s hubby was watching ‘Raw Meats 3’

Jacqui Smith’s hubby was watching ‘Raw Meats 3’London, April 1 : British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith's husband Richard Timney reportedly watched a porn movie called `Raw Meats 3', while she was away.

The 46-year-old used Virgin Media's pay-per-view service to enjoy the skin flick.

By secretly dialling up for two porn films on April 1 and 6 last year, he landed his wife in soup, after she claimed their 67 pounds monthly TV bill on expenses.

"Raw Meats would be amateur girls rather than models and erotic stars," the Daily Star quoted a source in the adult movie industry as saying.

Jacqui Smith's household expenses claims revealed

Jacqui Smith's household expenses claims revealed London, March 30 : British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith claimed taxpayer-funded allowances not only for the cost of two porn films her husband enjoyed at her family home, but also for several other household spending, including the proverbial kitchen sink.

She has even been accused of having submitted a claim for an 88p bath plug, as well as a range of high-tech electrical equipment.

Jacqui Smith under public scrutiny after hubby's porn film expense claims

Jacqui Smith under public scrutiny after hubby's porn film expense claimsLondon, March 30 : British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has been fighting to salvage her credibility and future political career following the humiliating admission that she claimed taxpayer-funded allowances for the cost of two porn films her husband enjoyed at her family home, while she was away in London.

According to reports, the episode has threatened to further undermine Gordon Brown's Government, which has been blighted by a series of expenses controversies in recent weeks.

British home secretary chastened by billing of pay-per-view

British Home Secretary Jacqui SmithLondon  - British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was in hot water Sunday over the billing to parliament of a pay-per-view package, which included the cost of two adult entertainment programmes.

Smith apologized for the billing of 67 pounds (96 dollars) for the TV package which was mistakenly applied to her parliamentary allowance as a part of her internet connection expenses, the BBC reported.

Smith added that the bill would be repaid to parliament in full.

UK Home Secretary’s hubby watches taxpayer paid `Blue’ movies

British Home Secretary Jacqui SmithLondon, Mar. 29 : The relationship between UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and her husband Richard Timney is said to be passing through a very difficult phase following revelations that he has been using taxpayer money to see pornographic films.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith’s political future is said to be in jeopardy after it was revealed that Timney, who works as his wife’s Commons adviser, used part of the Minister’s second-homes allowance to pay for the blue movies he watched on a subscription television channel.

Britain sees increased threat of "dirty bomb" attack

Jacqui SmithLondon  - The British government Tuesday warned of the increased threat of a nuclear or chemical attack, while unveiling plans of a greater involvement of the public in the fight against terrorism.

A government assessment of the terrorist threat said that while terrorism networks such as al-Qaeda were "likely to fragment" and might not survive in their current form, their ideology would live on.

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, in a report to be submitted to parliament later Tuesday, said the "likely future direction" of the threat would involve the use of a so-called dirty bomb.

Britain to train 60,000 strong army of shop, hotel staff to counter terrorists

Britain to train 60,000 strong army of shop, hotel staff to counter terroristsLondon, Mar 23 : Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has confirmed that Britain has been placed on terror alert, and warned that an attack on the country is "highly likely."

She said the country would train 60,000 shop and hotel staff to deal with any untoward incident.

Speaking ahead of the publication of a new anti-terrorism strategy, Jacqui Smith said: "An attack on this country is highly likely. It could happen without warning."

UK to unveil most comprehensive anti-terror strategy in world

London, Mar. 22 : United Kingdom’s new anti-terror strategy, which will be unveiled by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith next week, is claimed to be the most comprehensive counter-terrorism approach issued by any government in the world.

According to a Home Office spokesman, Smith wants the paper to go into more detail than ever before about how the authorities are seeking to prevent atrocities from happening and respond to attacks which take place.

The strategy will reflect security services'' judgment that the most serious terror threat to the UK continues to come from Osama bin Laden''s al Qaida network, the Daily Star reports.

Smith admits over 50 pct Brits don’t have confidence in police

Smith admits over 50 pct Brits don’t have confidence in policeLondon, Mar. 6 : British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has admitted that over half of the country's population does not have confidence in the police.

In some parts of the country a little over a third of people have confidence in the police to fight crime properly.

A survey by the Home Office found confidence levels in the police''s ability to investigate cases of anti-social behavior was running at just 45 per cent across the country, reports The Telegraph.

UK Home Secy slams businessmen for entertaining clients at lap-dancing club

British Home Secretary Jacqui SmithLondon, Nov 17 : British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has slammed businessmen who entertain their clients at lap-dancing clubs.

Smith said lap-dancing venues seemed to have become an acceptable place for work nights out and branded the practice ‘bizarre’.

He added that the new laws would make it harder for them to open.

"If I were a business person and I were wanting to make the best impression on clients, who presumably are female as well as male, I do think it''s a bit bizarre that you would take them to a lap-dancing club," the Mirror quoted her, as telling the Observer.

Labour Party accused of suppressing true extent of surge in violence in Britain.

London, Oct 24 : The Labour party has been accused of hiding the true extent of the surge in violence in Britain.

According to the Sun, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith admitted some forces have not kept proper records for ten years, following revelations that police chiefs hid a massive surge in violence.

Tories and anti-crime campaigners said the system has created a "shambles", and blamed it on Labour''s obsession with crime-fighting targets.

Since Labour came to power, cops have recorded assaults under a less serious category if no grievous harm was inflicted, quoted the newspaper.

Jacqui Smith faces opposition for "Big Brother" national database idea

Jacqui-SmithLondon, Oct. 20 : British Homse Secretary Jacqui Smith is reportedly facing strong opposition from her senior officials on the government''s controversial plan to set up a new "Big Brother" national database.

According to a leaked memo, plans by the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) to set up an eavesdropping centre in Cheltenham to monitor all telephone calls, e-mails and internet visits to be retained to help combat terrorism.

According to The Independent, Smith is insisting that no decision has been taken as yet, added that the new database is one of several options under consideration by the Government.

British government defeated over controversial anti-terrorism bill

British government defeated over controversial anti-terrorism billLondon - The British government was forced Monday to drop controversial plans to allow terrorism suspects to be detained for up to six weeks without charge after the measure was defeated in the upper house of parliament, the House of Lords.

Home Secretary Jacquie Smith said after the vote, which rejected the measure 309-118, that the proposal to extend detention from currently 28 days to 42 days would be taken out of a package of anti- terrorism legislation.

UK government to review police recruitment and promotion prospects of ethnic minorities

British Home Secretary Jacqui SmithLondon, Oct. 7: British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has announced that the Gordon Brown Government will undertake a nationwide assessment of how ethnic minorities are treated by the police during recruitment drives as the race row surrounding the Metropolitan force continues.

According to The Mirror, Smith said that Police Minister Vernon Coaker would carry out a rapid, two-week examination of the recruitment and promotion prospects of minorities.

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