Sir Keir Starmer hands peerage to expenses-scandal former Labour cabinet minister who said ‘disgraced’ people should not go to the Lords

Sir Keir Starmer has handed a peerage to an expenses-scandal former Labour cabinet minister who said ‘disgraced’ people should not go to the Lords.

No 10 said last night that ex-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith was returning as an Education Minister and would be given a peerage.

Ms Smith charged taxpayers for two porn films – which her now ex-husband later confessed to watching – and wrongly designated her sister’s home as her main home for Commons allowances. She told BBC1’s Question Time in 2009: ‘I don’t think people who have been disgraced should go to the Lords.’ Pressed on whether that included her, Ms Smith replied: ‘Yes, I think, to a certain extent I have been.’

She held numerous titles whilst Tony Blair was at the helm of the UK in education and health – and at one point was his chief whip.

During Gordan Brown’s reign, she firmly established her place in the cabinet as home secretary.

However Ms Smith was not the only familiar face from Tony Blair’s era to be appointed to Keir’s new cabinet.

Douglas Alexander has also been ushered in as a business minister as the new Prime Minister beef’s up his cabinet.

He has stepped away from politics after being the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South for eight years between 1997 and 2015.

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