Jacqui is a member of the British Labour Party. Following a teaching career, she was elected MP for Redditch between 1997 and 2010 and served as a Minister for ten years in the Education, Health, Industry and Equality portfolios and in the Cabinet as Chief Whip and the UK’s first female Home Secretary.
Jacqui left Parliament in 2010. She is now the Chair of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust – running acute hospital services in Birmingham including the internationally recognised Queen Elizabeth Hospital. She is also Chair of the Sandwell Children’s Trust providing social care services to vulnerable children.