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Jacqui Smith
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Home Secretary
In office
28 June 2007 – 5 June 2009
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byJohn Reid
Succeeded byAlan Johnson
Chief Whip of the House of Commons
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
5 May 2006 – 28 June 2007
Prime MinisterTony Blair
Preceded byHilary Armstrong
Succeeded byGeoff Hoon
Member of Parliament
for Redditch
In office
1 May 1997 – 6 May 2010
Preceded byConstituency Created
Succeeded byKaren Lumley
Personal details
Born (1962-11-03) 3 November 1962 (age 58)
Malvern, Worcestershire, England
Political partyLabour
Alma materHertford College, Oxford

Jacqueline Jill "Jacqui" Smith (born 3 November 1962) is an English politician. She was the first female Home Secretary of the United Kingdom. She was born in Malvern, Worcestershire. She was the Member of Parliament for the Redditch constituency. She was first elected in the 1997 general election. She lost her seat at the 2010 General Election.[1]

She is a member of the Labour Party.

Personal life

Smith married Richard Timney (born 1963 in Ealing, London) in October 1987 in Malvern, Worcestershire. They have two sons.

In December 2008, it was discovered that Timney wrote a series of letters praising the work of Smith. These letters were sent to newspapers. He did not say that he was her husband and managing her constituency office.[2]

In June 2008 the Independent newspaper reported that she was a season-ticket holder at Aston Villa Football Club.[3]