A quick look at Jacqui Smith's time at the Home Office.
She hasn't suffered the same level of anger from her constituents as Julie Kirkbride did from hers. Both were popular MP's but somehow JS seems to have escaped the wrath that forced Kirkbride to quit. Quite how Jacqui manages it I have no idea. The "Timney" letters were enough to discredit her completely in my eyes a long while back. Since then she has soared ever lower.
Still she was the first UK female Home Secretary. A place in the history books assured. Even if only as a perfect example of the Peter Principle in action.