News Theresa May’s decision to revoke the citizenship was likened to ‘medieval exile’ by one rights lawyer

An Iraqi-born man has been stripped of his British citizenship for a second time on the orders of the Home Secretary, weeks after the Supreme Court overturned her  original decision.

Leading article: Don't throw a strop, Jacqui

Is "stroppy" sexist? Jacqui Smith thinks so. In an interview the former Home Secretary takes exception to the fact that she was once described that way by a BBC presenter. No male politician, says Ms Smith, would have been called stroppy. What that presenter was saying, according to Ms Smith, was: "Don't get above yourself". We beg to differ – both over the "gendered" nature of the world and Ms Smith's negative interpretation of it.

Smith: women in power are treated differently

The former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has claimed she was badly treated and branded "stroppy" because she is a woman.

Brown annoyed by Flint's 'window dressing' claims

Gordon Brown has admitted he was annoyed by former Europe minister Caroline Flint's barb that women were used as "window dressing" in his Cabinet.

Blears vows to 'rebuild' after foiling deselection bid

Hazel Blears welcomed "sensible discussions" with party members after she survived a deselection vote.

Dying of cancer – but Home Office expels her parents

The parents of a young British woman dying of cancer have been told by the Home Office they can no longer care for their daughter and must leave the country.

Home Office boss hits out over police chief removal

The senior civil servant at the Home Office said today that he and former home secretary Jacqui Smith were "shocked and disappointed" to see Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair forced out of his post by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: These women fled the battlefield

Is it sexist to accuse Flint of liking to use her stilettos? Yes – but she asks for it

'Window dressing' tops female complaints

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Deborah Orr: Blatant self-interest is infesting Labour right to the bitter end

It just gets worse and worse, doesn't it? First, they show little comprehension as to why their tax-dodging, publicly funded property speculation is despicable. Then, they mount another formidable display of inward-looking opportunism, by using the chaos unleashed by the expenses crisis to dazzle us with an every-man-for-himself extravaganza of shameless self-importance, as MPs rush to shore up their waning careers.

Pandora: Expenses scandal hits the Beeb's newsroom

What's this? While BBC editors work themselves into a lather over MPs' expenses, a tale of excess from within their own ranks.

Home Office in-tray is full of lethal traps

The new Home Secretary will find a brimming in-tray of pressing matters that need careful handling.

Mark Steel: Turn left (and then left again)

It's as if the left has a self-destruct button, and can't stand being popular

Leading article: Mr Brown's Cabinet reshuffle begins ahead of time

Jacqui Smith makes her exit from the Home Office before she is pushed

The Sketch: So why are all these women going? To speculate is human

What's going on? Who knows? Who wants to know? Everything could turn out as everyone thinks or it could easily be the opposite. Cold blooded observers say we could just wait a week and we'd know, but waiting a week is not in our nature. Febrile speculation on the flimsiest information – that's our nature.

Surprise departure of close ally adds to leader's vulnerability

One of Gordon Brown's closest allies is to stand down as a minister as the rush by Labour MPs towards the exit turns into a stampede.

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