24 Aug '11, 2pm

Ex-British minister uses convicts to paint her house

Ex-British minister uses convicts to paint her house

Jacqui Smith (above), a former British interior minister arranged for two prisoners on day release to paint her home when they should have been doing community work, the prison service said. -- PHOTO: AP LONDON (AFP) - A former British interior minister arranged for two prisoners on day release to paint her home when they should have been doing community work, the prison service said on Wednesday. Jacqui Smith, who was home secretary under the former Labour government, arranged for the inmates from a prison in Redditch, central England, to decorate a room at her luxury property in the town. It is the latest embarrassment for Ms Smith, who resigned as interior minister in June 2009 after admitting to unwittingly claiming parliamentary expenses for pornographic films ordered by her husband on pay TV. The prison service said the decision to send the convicts to paint Ms Smith...

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