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Jaqui Smith In The Spotlight Again

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14648111

from the BBC:

An inquiry is under way into how two day-release prisoners ended up decorating the house of former Labour Home Secretary Jacqui Smith instead of doing community work.

The men, from HMP Hewell in Redditch, were on a scheme run by a local charity, the Batchley Support Group.

A prison service spokesman said there had been "a mistake".

Ms Smith said the prisoners "didn't have anything else on" and she made a donation to the charity for their time.

Ms Smith stepped down as home secretary in June 2009 following the revelation that she had inadvertently claimed parliamentary expenses for pornographic films ordered by her husband.

She lost her seat as MP for the Worcestershire constituency of Redditch to Conservative Karen Lumley in the 2010 general election.

Phone-in

Since leaving politics, Ms Smith has worked on a number of media projects, including making a documentary on pornography for the BBC.

On Wednesday morning - when the story about the decorating work appeared on the front page of the Sun newspaper - she was hosting a phone-in on LBC radio covering topics including the effectiveness of community punishments.

She told listeners: "You may or may not have seen the front of the Sun, but they are having a bit of a go at me today because two prisoners who were coming towards the end of their sentence and doing work experience carried out about three hours' work at my house doing a bit of decorating.

"It hadn't been cleared with the prison authorities in advance and they've now launched an inquiry and the Sun is having a go at me.

"Well, just to set, I hope, the record a little bit straight, these are guys that were working with a local community organisation. They do a whole range of odd jobs and working in the local community.

"On one day, when actually they didn't have anything else on, they did come to my house and do three hours' worth of painting, for which me and my husband made a donation to the community group."

She added: "I think it's a bit hard on the community organisation because I think they were doing a really good job.

"But I know that when it's anything to do with me, the papers like to put probably the very worst spin they possibly can on it and in my view, that's what the Sun has done today."

The two men are believed to have carried out the painting for Ms Smith in July.

Scheme suspended

The prison service said they were part of a rehabilitation scheme ahead of their release from custody.

"The decision to provide prisoners for this work was taken without consultation with HMP Hewell or the Ministry of Justice and was a mistake," a spokesman said.

"Offenders should work on projects which help the whole community.

"The scheme has been suspended while a full internal investigation is undertaken."

'Not aware'

In a statement, Batchley Support Group said the resettlement-to-work project had been agreed with HMP Hewell some time ago and current staff had "not found any documentation stipulating exactly what prisoners can or cannot do as part of the agreement".

"Batchley Support Group weren't aware of the scope of the restrictions and Ms Smith and Richard Timney [her husband] certainly wouldn't have been aware of these," it said.

"However, the group does agree in retrospect that undertaking work on Ms Smith's home may not have been the best use of prisoners' time, though it should be pointed out that the donation made for the work has enabled Batchley Support Group to carry out much-needed work in the community."

The charity said the prisoners worked "for a maximum of three hours each on one day", and on the previous day, two inmates also visited Ms Smith's house to collect some plants she had donated to the group.

"These plants were to be used as part of a pond restoration project we have been working on with Hewell Prison," it added.

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All men? That is a bit unfair, some sort of gender discrimination there I reckon...

Apologies for treating your post on a serious level but - that prison is only for Male Cat. B, C and D prisoners so women were not an option.

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How stupid is she????

Probably did donate some money and thought she was 'doing the right thing', but what could she possibly expect the press/public to make of it?

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Wonder if her hubby hired another porn film while she had the decorators in?

:lol::lol: someone had to :lol:

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Wonder if her hubby hired another porn film while she had the decorators in?

thanks a bunch, now there's coke ALL OVER the laptop.

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What do they mean 'painting her house' in Redditch?

Her principal place of residence has always been her sister's back bedroom in London, hasn't it?

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Made a donation my ar se. At best it came out of expenses. Stupid Bitch.

No expenses, because she’s not an MP any more! She was kicked out in the 2010 general election, on a 9% swing from New Labour to Tory. So that particular gravy train has hit the buffers, as far as Jacqui Smith is concerned, although no doubt new gravy trains (broadcasting, ‘advising’ big companies etc.) will be arriving shortly.

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No expenses, because she’s not an MP any more! She was kicked out in the 2010 general election, on a 9% swing from New Labour to Tory. So that particular gravy train has hit the buffers, as far as Jacqui Smith is concerned, although no doubt new gravy trains (broadcasting, ‘advising’ big companies etc.) will be arriving shortly.

Oh yes, I missed the date of said incident. I assumed it was from a few years ago, it would seem lessons have not been learnt.

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This story kind of reminds me of the interview with Sandra Peaks M.P. in "Knowing Me, Knowing You" (radio version).

Sandra Peaks M.P., Junior Minister for Housing, was the last guest. Alan was grateful for her work on Norwich City Council, particularly as she'd got rid of some gypsies. Sandra discussed the tabloid controversy of her taking a holiday with homeless 17-year-old twin brothers. Determined to get to the bottom of things Alan got out his cheque book and offered the boys £20,000 to spill the beans. 'We are rent boys,' the twins quickly admitted, 'She made us dress like dogs.' The minister resigned. And on that sordid bombshell the show ended.

Though I'm sure Ms. Smith would never stoop to such sorditity.

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Wonder if her hubby hired another porn film while she had the decorators in?

Was it another "Raw Meat" (gay porn) movie, like last time?

Either Mr. Smith likes to watch muscular young men frolicking with each other or someone else watched that movie.

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Jakquy is pulling the same stunt as the corrupt Warden in that Morgan Freeman film "Shawshank Redemption." Using prisoners to do personal favours.

Trouble with a lot of the New Labour crew is that corruption became institutionalised making it hard for them to see right from wrong.

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Jakquy is pulling the same stunt as the corrupt Warden in that Morgan Freeman film "Shawshank Redemption." Using prisoners to do personal favours.

Hey, if Jaqui wants some big burly men touching up her back passage, who are we to condemn her?

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