Jacqui Smith refuses to quit over porn scandal

April 8th, 2009 - 1:50 pm ICT by ANI  

Gordon Brown London, April 8 (ANI): British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has said that she will not resign over the porn expenses scandal.

She admitted that she made a “bad mistake” by sanctioning two adult movies watched by her husband, but insisted that she would not bow to pressure to step down from her position in the Cabinet.

“This was a mistake, it was a mistake that we both made,” the Daily Express quoted her as saying.

“It was a claim that should not have got within a million miles of being claimed and that is why as soon as it was brought to my attention, I said I am sorry, it was wrong and I paid the money back.

“I don’t believe it has stopped me from doing my job,” she added.

She insisted that she was still able to look her constituents in the eye after a ‘difficult few weeks”.

“It has been a difficult few weeks and I have apologised for those bits of my expenses that I think are wrong,” she said.

“I think we should be more transparent with our expenses than we have been previously, we have made lots of changes over the last few years but there are more that we need to make,” she added.

When asked about the impact of the scandal on her family, Jacqui said: “We are a strong family and we will get on with it, I am getting on with my job, that is what I think the important thing is at a time like this.”

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has supported the Home Secretary throughout the scandal, insisting it is a “private matter”. (ANI)

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