The broadcaster branded her short stint on the series a 'greatest adventure' and expressed her gratitude towards her professional partner Anton, who she described as an 'absolute joy to be with. Her local MP, Conservative backbencher Michael Spicer, recalled in Parliament in 2003 how he had first met her when he addressed the sixth form at The Chase School, where her mother was a teacher;[1] he joked: "So great was my eloquence that she immediately rushed off and joined the Labour Party. Since 2017, Smith has co-hosted a weekly political and current affairs podcast, entitled 'For The Many', alongside LBC broadcaster Iain Dale. Out first: Jacqui Smith has spoken about becoming the first celebrity to be eliminated from this year's Strictly Come Dancing , in a joint interview with pro partner Anton du Beke. Nutt then asked whether one shouldn't compare the harms to see if something should be illegal. [19], Smith managed to pass the 42-day detention law plans in the House of Commons, despite heavy opposition. I went out trying!' Just one day into her new job bombs were found in London and a terrorist attack took place in Glasgow the following day. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. (BBC) Strictly Come Dancing dancer Kevin Clifton has blamed coronavirus and the lack of studio audience for Jacqui Smith’s early exit from the show.. She applied to be vice-chairman of the BBC Trust. Smith defended the choice of individuals by declaring, 'If you can't live by the rules that we live by, the standards and the values that we live by, we should exclude you from this country and, what's more, now we will make public those people that we have excluded. Jacqui Smith has spoken about becoming the first celebrity to be eliminated from this year's Strictly Come Dancing, in a joint interview with pro … A source close to Ms Smith revealed: 'She is totally loved-up but keeps telling everyone it is early days. [53] When asked whether it was fair that she made claims believed to have been made for items such as a flat-screen TV and scatter cushions, she said that analyses of her receipts had been very particular. Don't be - thanks to tireless teachers, the youngsters will be... Mother-of-one teaching assistant, 29, who was self-medicating for a severe abscess accidentally killed... Schools could be shut until AFTER Easter holidays: Scientists warn classrooms should remain closed until... Japanese mother infected with Covid-19 commits suicide because 'it is inexcusable I have become a nuisance'... RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: Don't clean your teeth - save the NHS... a look forward to Covid Britain in 2024. Jacqui Smith was born in Malvern, Worcestershire. Our Chief Executive Dr David Rosser has made numerous statements to the … In this role she published the Government's proposals for Civil Partnerships, a system designed to offer same-sex couples an opportunity to gain legal recognition for their relationship with an associated set of rights and responsibilities. Strictly Come Dancing: Jacqui Smith is first dancer to leave BBC competition. [37] Smith was also widely criticised by the scientific community for bullying Professor Nutt into apologising for his factual comments that, in the course of a normal year, more people died from falling off horses than died from taking ecstasy. She lost her seat the following year. But I thought, if I'm going to go, I'm going powing, and riding up on a swing, and with feathers and smiling I hope,' Jacqui said. Jacqui Smith reveals Strictly tips she was given by Ed Balls Rhonda Fleming, star of Hollywood’s Golden Age, dies aged 97 Organisers hope new folk chart will give genre a popularity boost. Working as a school teacher, Smith taught Economics at Arrow Vale High School in Redditch from 1986 to 1988[3] and at Worcester Sixth Form College, before becoming Head of Economics and GNVQ Co-ordinator at Haybridge High School, Hagley, in 1990. she said, referring to fellow politician-turned-Strictly contestant Ed Balls. She has regularly been on This Week and Question Time and was also a regular weekly commentator on S… 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. In 2010, she began working as a consultant for KPMG and as an adviser to Sarina Russo Job Access. The 57-year-old former politician - who was the first female Home Secretary - lost out on … Smith said it was a mistake, and she would repay the amount. Jacqui Smith will be hoping to win votes in the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing. They are clearly brilliant. [6], She won the seat as part of a (then) record number of female MPs elected to the House of Commons who were dubbed "Blair Babes". She was appointed as the Government's deputy Minister for Women in 2003, working alongside Secretary of State Patricia Hewitt. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.'. In response to criticisms over her housing allowances, she said it was the "nature of the job" that MPs had to furnish and run two properties. It was followed by a special edition of the Tony Livesey show, discussing pornography. Jacqui Smith and Anton Du Beke, during the launch show for the BBC1 dancing contest, Strictly Come Dancing (Image: PA). That meant much of their early relationship was conducted via video conferencing. Jacqui was the first celebrity to be eliminated from this year's edition of Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday (pictured with professional partner Anton du Beke), Competition: During the first results show, the politician, 57, faced Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing in this week's dance-off (pictured with professional partner Karen Hauer). 'So I'll be watching you and supporting you. The former Home Secretary and dance partner Anton du Beke were the first couple to be sent home by the judges on the BBC dance … University of York academics 'cancel' the three wise monkeys after deciding the... Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo OBE warns ethnic minorities who refuse honours for their links to... Netflix boss reveals Bridgerton's racially diverse cast was found using an 'inclusion lens'. Strictly Come Dancing returned for its eighteenth series with a launch show on 17 October 2020 on BBC One, with the live shows starting on 24 October. she said, referring to fellow politician-turned-Strictly contestant Ed Balls [pictured in 2016], Of her experience overall, Jacqui said: 'This has brought me a massive amount of joy into my life. The Strictly Come Dancing contestant is battling through the pain to avoid elimination for the BBC show this weekend. Ed told me to just go for it! [48] Smith said that she had been "immensely honoured" to serve Redditch. [26], In May 2009, Smith announced that the cost of introducing the National Identity Card project (a scheme abandoned by the incoming Liberal-Conservative coalition government in May 2010), had risen to an estimated £5.3 billion, and that it would first become compulsory for foreign students and airport staff. 'But I don't feel too much shame in losing to these guys because they are a fantastic bunch of dancers, they really are. Strictly Come Dancing star Jacqui Smith has become the first contestant to exit the 2020 series after being compared to a "stumbling drunk lost at a party".. 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The advice was not followed; the government saying that it was "not prepared to send a message to young people that we take ecstasy less seriously". I think there should have been more induction. The advisory council on the misuse of drugs (ACMD) report on ecstasy, based on a 12-month study of 4,000 academic papers, concluded that it is nowhere near as dangerous as other class A drugs such as heroin and crack cocaine, and should be downgraded to class B alongside amphetamines and cannabis. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group, Treat yourself to the perfect entertainment bundle with NOW TV's offers, Get a discount code to save on your internet security, Discover a range of promo codes on kitchen appliances, Find Just Eat's special deals and offers this week, Listen to podcasts and books for less with these offers. Strictly’sJacqui Smith has suggested that she could have been the first contestant eliminated from the show because her “t**s were not sufficiently out”. Former Strictly Come Dancing star Jacqui Smith has claimed the reason she got voted off the show was her "t**s".. After being voted off in the first week, she joked: "My t**s weren't sufficiently out." [citation needed] Smith presented a documentary on pornography, for BBC Radio 5 Live, called Porn Again which was broadcast on 3 March 2011. The brand is a firm favourite among the stars, so it's no wonder the former politician turned to them for a stylish look as well. Given Graham's specialist subject is politics, it is obvious they have a lot in common. Ms Smith was not asked to repay any money, but was told to "apologise to the House by means of a personal statement." Paired up with Strictly favourite Anton Du Beke, she performed her Samba once again in the dance off, but it wasn’t quite strong enough for the judges to save her from elimination. This Morning star Anton also praised his celebrity partner as he added: 'Well I've loved every second of being in the studio with you. [55] This and other cases prompted calls for reform of the additional costs allowance and a new system of payments to be introduced. [47], In the general election on 6 May 2010, Jacqui Smith lost her seat as Member of Parliament for Redditch to Karen Lumley of the Conservative Party, who won the seat with a majority of 5,821 votes. 'I don't feel too much shame in losing to these guys because they are a fantastic bunch of dancers': The broadcaster branded her short stint on the series an 'greatest adventure', Fierce: Reality star Jamie, 31, and choreographer Karen, 38, danced the American Smooth to Frank Sinatra's Night and Day once again, Oh no: Jamie and Karen looked pensive as they were told they would face the dance off, Final say: Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse unanimously chose to send the Candy Kittens CEO through to next week's show, Candid: When asked by host Tess Daly, 51, about her time on the show, Jacqui said: 'I'm just sorry I can't continue it with this man'. [56] Gordon Brown supported her and said she had done nothing wrong. Former home secretary Jacqui Smith has been confirmed as the 12th and final celebrity contestant on this year's Strictly Come Dancing. They are both really happy. With the high keyhole neck, ruffle detailing and electric blue shade, we knew straight away it was by Sosandar. Strictly's Jacqui Smith in 'agony' as she faces uphill battle to stay on show. "[36], In February 2009, Smith was accused by Nutt of making a political decision in rejecting the scientific advice to downgrade ecstasy from a class A drug. [15] In the same month Smith said that she would not feel safe on the streets of London at night. The political commentator fell short when she and ballroom pro Anton, 54, performed their Samba to Help Yourself by Tom Jones again, while reality star Jamie, 31, and Karen Hauer, 38, danced the American Smooth to Frank Sinatra's Night and Day. ', She summed up: 'I have been unlucky as I have arrived on Strictly with the most brilliant set of dancers...'. It was followed by a special edition of the Tony Livesey show, discussing pornography. Jacqui Smith has hailed Strictly Come Dancing as the thing the country needs now. Smith presented a documentary on pornography, for BBC Radio 5 Live, called Porn Again which was broadcast on 3 March 2011. He concluded that, although her London home was a genuine home and she had spent more nights there than in her Redditch home, her constituency home was in fact her main home, and that she was in breach of Commons rules, despite "significant mitigating circumstances". [71] She has appeared in Good Morning Britain on ITV. But the BBC show is not the only thing to have reinvigorated the former Labour Home Secretary, as she has revealed a new man in her life, 'courting' him – to use her term – via Zoom. '. In a subsequent interview with Total Politics magazine regarding her time as Home Secretary, Smith described how she felt under-qualified for her Ministerial roles, adding "when I became home secretary, I'd never run a major organisation. What a privilege - I have been so lucky. I was wrong... drugs are wrong", she said. [24][25], In October 2018 Chief Prosecutor in North West England, Nazir Afzal, alleged on BBC Radio 4 that the Home Office had issued a memo to all police forces in 2008, informing that the child victims of Pakistani grooming gangs had made an "informed choice" and "it's not for you police officers to get involved in". We are already in a Tier Two lockdown. Strictly: Jacqui Smith performs with a prop in opening week The Strictly Come Dancing team gave fans a behind-the-scenes insight into the dancing duos at work in rehearsals on Twitter this week. Ms Smith, who last night danced the samba to Tom Jones's 1968 hit Help Yourself, left office in 2009 after the expenses scandal, when it was revealed that Mr Timney had claimed for two pornographic films. She wore a kilt and took a few exams, but that was it. Michelle Visage has said she's not comfortable with showing off her midriff. He was not charged, but he was suspended from his Home Office job while the investigation continued. Smith (after a long pause): "You can't compare the harms of an illegal activity with a legal one. [51] The arrangement had allowed Smith to claim over £116,000 on her family's Redditch home since becoming an MP. The former home secretary will be seen in the hit BBC One series on Saturday night when it returns to screens. Jacqui Smith has traded sharp suits and power lunches for sequins and Anton Du Beke for Strictly Come Dancing 2020. [31][32], On 19 July 2007, Smith admitted to smoking cannabis a few times in Oxford in the 1980s. Worried about your children's home learning? [5], Having failed to be elected as a Labour MP for the safe Conservative seat of Mid Worcestershire in 1992, despite achieving a 4.9% swing, Smith was selected through an all-women shortlist in the 1997 general election as the Labour candidate for Redditch. the second COVID-19 wave. The 57-year-old former Labour politician faced Made In Chelsea hunk Jamie Laing in the dreaded dance off but she failed to beat the reality television regular. The Metropolitan Police said that Green was "arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office and aiding and abetting, counselling or procuring misconduct in a public office". Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman returned as hosts, while Zoe Ball and Rylan Clark-Neal returned to host Strictly Come Dancing … Dust off your dancing shoes, Strictly Come Dancing is waltzing back onto BBC One for its 18th series. I hope I did a good job. [12], Smith was regarded as a loyal Blairite during Tony Blair's premiership, a position reflected in her voting record,[13] and she was brought to tears by Blair's farewell appearance in the House of Commons. [49] Smith wrote an open letter to the new Conservative Home Secretary Theresa May, advising her that the post was often seen as a "poisoned chalice".[50]. Or why not check out the competition below first? I am going to hold onto that joy. She also contributed to The Purple Book in 2011, putting forward new ideas on crime and policing. I am so pleased and proud to have spent this time with you. She resigned as Home Secretary on 5 June 2009 following her involvement in the United Kingdom parliamentary expenses scandal in which she had falsely claimed that a room in her sister's house was her main home. ', Last week she said of the couple's first encounter: 'We crossed on the stairs and I thought, 'He's nice.' 'And to everybody on the programme I don't think people realise just how brilliant the team is that put this programme together and if ever we need Strictly, we need it now so thank you so much. She was the Member of Parliament for Redditch from 1997 until 2010, the first female Home Secretary and the third woman to hold one of the Great Offices of State, after Margaret Thatcher (Prime Minister) and Margaret Beckett (Foreign Secretary). Former Labour MP … To find love at this age feels incredible for both of them. Asked who she thinks could scoop the Strictly 2020 crown, she said: 'Maisie [Smith] is just brilliant and works so hard. "[46] Smith's major achievements as Home Secretary were introduction of tougher prostitution laws,[17] a reduction in crime rates[18] and promotion of Police Community Support Officers. 'I didn't want to go. Kate Middleton shows off VERY long locks in video call with NHS staff as she 'sets... Queen and Kate Middleton have a 'fantastic relationship' and monarch is is 'preparing a surprise' to honour... Could YOU turn your hand to designing the Queen's memorabilia? They have been seen jogging close to their homes, which are less than two miles apart. Ms Smith, 58, became the first celeb to be voted off the show following her performance with Anton du Beke on Saturday. She has kept his identity under wraps, but The Mail on Sunday disclosed that her new beau is Dr Graham Timmins, a highly acclaimed international politics lecturer at Birmingham University who speaks fluent Russian. Speaking to Zoe Ball on Monday night's It Takes Two, Jacqui, 57, explained that she wanted to 'just have a ball', knowing she was likely to be the first out. … Smith was re-elected in 2001 and 2005; following the 2005 election she had a majority of just 2,716 (6.7% of the vote), owing to boundary changes.[7][8].