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Former home secretary Jacqui Smith loses seat to Tories

Jacqui Smith: 'It's an immense honour to have served'

Jacqui Smith has lost her seat in the House of Commons to Tory candidate Karen Lumley.

Ms Smith resigned as home secretary in 2009 after it emerged she had claimed expenses for pornographic films watched by her husband.

Later she was strongly criticised for designating her sister's house in London as her "main home".

The Conservatives seized the Redditch, Worcs, seat with a majority of 5,821 on a swing of 9.2%.

Ms Smith had been MP for Redditch since Labour came to power in 1997.

The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, John Lyon, held a six-month inquiry into whether she had wrongly designated the London house belonging to her sister, at which she paid rent, as her main home.

Doing so enabled her to claim second home allowances on her Redditch family home.

He also investigated the revelation that Ms Smith had claimed for pay-per-view films on her second homes allowance.

In the report Mr Lyon upheld both complaints and recommended Ms Smith apologise to the House of Commons for the home designation.



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