Smith’s husband sorry over adult filmsMarch 30th, 2009 - 8:11 am ICT by IANS
London, March 30 (IANS) British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith’s husband has said sorry for embarrassing his wife after two adult films were viewed at their home, then claimed for on expenses, BBC reported Sunday.
Richard Timney, who is also Smith’s parliamentary aide, said he understood why people might be angry.
Smith said she “mistakenly” claimed for a TV package when billing for a web connection and would repay the cash.
Downing Street said she had done the “right thing” by quickly rectifying the “inadvertent mistake”.
Timney said outside the couple’s home in Redditch, Worcestershire: “I’m really sorry for any embarrassment I have caused Jacqui.
“I can fully understand why people might be angry and offended by this.
“Quite obviously a claim should never have been made for these films, and as you know that money is being paid back.”
British parliamentarians can claim for subscription television services but they have to be used wholly, exclusively and necessarily to perform their duties.
BBC political correspondent, Gary O’Donoghue, said a source told him that Smith was “livid and shocked” when she found out about the films.
He said he was told Smith was not at home when they were viewed and said she had no intention of resigning over the matter.
O’Donoghue said he was told that Smith had given her husband a “real ear-bashing”.
The Sunday Express reported that two films, which cost five pounds (about $7) each, were viewed April 6 and 8, last year, at Jacqui Smith’s constituency home in Redditch.
A Downing Street spokesman said Smith was doing a great job as Home Secretary and would not let the expenses issue detract from her determination to protect the public.
Jacqui Smith said in a statement: “I’m sorry that in claiming for my internet connection, I mistakenly claimed for a television package alongside it.
“As soon as the matter was brought to my attention, I took immediate steps to contact the relevant parliamentary authorities and rectify the situation.
“All money claimed for the television package will be paid back in full.”
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