Former Home Secretary
Former Home Secretary on managing media hostility, her Westminster career … and Jeremy Corbyn
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.
Editor, Today, BBC Radio 4
15th March 2018
Leaving the Evening Standard to lead the BBC’s flagship news programme – with changes made, and further changes to come… and the problem of the BBC’s gender pay gap
Editor, Good Morning Britain, ITV
8th March 2018
Honing the perfect breakfast TV formula from failed attempts to rescue ‘Daybreak’; successfully pairing “two alpha brains” Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid – and behind the scenes of the President Donald Trump interview.
Europe Editor, BBC
1st March 2018
In the thick of Europe’s most turbulent time in a generation… and what’s really happening behind the scenes with Brexit.
Strategy Director, News Partnerships, Google
22nd February 2018
Tackling fake news, and repairing Google’s relationship with the news industry – offering strategic advice, and even cash investment
PR consultant & former Editor, The Sun
15th February 2018
Lessons learned during five years running Britain’s biggest-selling daily newspaper, the reality of working with Rupert Murdoch… and why Brexit will be a ‘disaster’