Jacqui Smith

Former Home Secretary

Former Home Secretary on managing media hostility, her Westminster career … and Jeremy Corbyn

23rd June 2016

Jacqui Smith was the first woman to hold the office of Home Secretary. Now a lobbyist and NHS executive, while in government she was a peacemaker between Blair and Brown, worked in the departments of health and education, and also served as Chief Whip. In this in-depth interview, she talks through her career; reveals what it takes to maintain party discipline as Chief Whip; describes being at the center of the expenses scandal; criticises the media for targeting women politicians, and explains why she thinks Jeremy Corbyn is unelectable.