Ex Home Secretary Jacqui Smith puts on romantic display with boyfriend

Definitely no Strictly curse here! Ex Home Secretary Jacqui Smith puts on romantic display with her new politics lecturer boyfriend as they are seen together for first time after her exit from dancing show

  • Ex Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith shares romantic walk with Dr Graham Timmins 
  • The couple stopped to share a passionate kiss in Malvern Hills, Worcestershire  
  • Ms Smith became first celebrity eliminated from this year’s Strictly last night

Whilst she became the first celebrity to be eliminated from this year’s Strictly Come Dancing last night, Jacqui Smith has certainly not let the boot get her down.  

The former Labour Home Secretary, 57, was spotted in a passionate clinch with the new man in her life, Dr Graham Timmins, whilst on a romantic morning walk on the foggy Malvern Hills in Worcestershire today.

Dr Timmins, revealed to be a politics lecturer at the University of Birmingham who speaks fluent Russian, has reportedly taken Jacqui into his ‘bubble’ for the current lockdown as he lives alone.

The happy couple, whose homes are two miles apart, met outside a yoga class in Malvern, Worcestershire, in March, just days before the first lockdown – they ‘courted’ over zoom for weeks.

After lockdown rules were relaxed, Dr Timmins, a divorced father of two adult daughters, was spotted at the home that Ms Smith shares with her two sons, James and Michael. 

The former Labour Home Secretary, 57, was spotted with Dr Graham Timmins, whilst on a romantic morning walk on the foggy Malvern Hills in Worcestershire today

Today Ms Smith made it evident that she had clearly not fallen victim of the Strictly curse with her professional partner Anton du Beke – despite having spent weeks living in a ‘covid bubble’ with the dancer in London.

The couple put on a romantic display as they walked hand in hand during their daily exercise, laughing with each other and stopping for a passionate kiss before getting in the car home.       

During the pre-recorded results show the politician faced Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing in this week’s dance-off after landing at the bottom of the leaderboard with 25 and 31 points out of 40, respectively. 

The broadcaster branded her short stint on the series a ‘greatest adventure’ and expressed her gratitude towards her professional partner Anton du Beke, who she described as an ‘absolute joy to be with.’     

The pair put on a romantic display as they walked hand in hand during their daily exercise, laughing with each other and stopping for a loving peck before getting in the car home

The pair were all smiles as they enjoyed a quiet morning walk together, stopping for a kiss by the car

The happy couple, whose homes are two miles apart, met outside a yoga class in Malvern, Worcestershire, in March

Ms Smith and Dr Timmins are both keen runners and have joined a running club together

The political commentator fell short when she and ballroom pro Anton, 54, performed their Samba to Help Yourself by Tom Jones again, while reality star Jamie, 31, and Karen Hauer, 38, danced the American Smooth to Frank Sinatra’s Night and Day.

Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Motsi Mabuse and Shirley Ballas unanimously chose to send the Candy Kittens CEO through to next week’s show, as their scores from the whole competition were combined with the results of the viewers’ votes.   

When asked by host Tess Daly, 51, about her time on the show, Jacqui said: ‘I had the greatest adventure it’s possible to imagine. I’m just sorry I can’t continue it with this man who has been absolutely fantastic and gorgeous to be with. 

She’s out! Jacqui Smith became the first celebrity to be eliminated from this year’s edition of Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday (pictured with professional partner Anton du Beke)

Competition: During the first results show, the politician, 57, faced Made In Chelsea star Jamie Laing in this week’s dance-off (pictured with professional partner Karen Hauer)

‘I don’t feel too much shame in losing to these guys because they are a fantastic bunch of dancers’: The broadcaster branded her short stint on the series an ‘greatest adventure’

Fierce: Reality star Jamie, 31, and choreographer Karen, 38, danced the American Smooth to Frank Sinatra’s Night and Day once again

Oh no: Jamie and Karen looked pensive as they were told they would face the dance off

Final say: Judges Craig Revel Horwood, Shirley Ballas and Motsi Mabuse unanimously chose to send the Candy Kittens CEO through to next week’s show

Candid: When asked by host Tess Daly, 51, about her time on the show, Jacqui said: ‘I’m just sorry I can’t continue it with this man’

‘But I don’t feel too much shame in losing to these guys because they are a fantastic bunch of dancers, they really are. 

‘So I’ll be watching you and supporting you. To Anton I would like to say you have been just an absolute joy to be with. I am so pleased and proud to have spent this time with you. 

‘And to everybody on the programme I don’t think people realise just how brilliant the team is that put this programme together and if ever we need Strictly, we need it now so thank you so much.’

She has kept his identity under wraps, but The Mail on Sunday can disclose that her new beau is Dr Graham Timmins, a highly acclaimed international politics lecturer at Birmingham University who speaks fluent Russian

This Morning star Anton also praised his celebrity partner as he added: ‘Well I’ve loved every second of being in the studio with you. 

‘We have laughed, you have a shocking sense of humour I can’t begin to tell you. You are just the best and I’ve loved it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.’

Keeping in theme of Halloween, the professional dancers displayed their fancy footwork with a spooky routine, while Sam Smith took to the stage to perform their latest single Diamonds. 

Since the collapse of her 33-year marriage, Jacqui has pirouetted from serious politician to dancefloor diva, thanks to Strictly. 

But the BBC show is not the only thing to have reinvigorated the former Labour Home Secretary, as she has revealed a new man in her life, ‘courting’ him – to use her term – via Zoom.

She has kept his identity under wraps, but The Mail on Sunday disclosed that her new beau is Dr Graham Timmins, a highly acclaimed international politics lecturer at Birmingham University who speaks fluent Russian.

Sad times: The duo shared a goodbye hug as they ended their dance union following a whirlwind appearance

History makers: Strictly’s first same-sex couple – Nicola Adams and Katya Jones – smiled as they sailed through to the next round

Good news: Clara Amfo and Aljaz Skorjanec made it through to week three


Go for it: Oti Mabuse and Bill Bailey and Dianne Buswell and Max George made it through

Stylish: Amy Dowden and JJ Chalmers made it to the next round 


Yay: Caroline Quentin and Johannes Radebe and Maisie Smith and Gorka Marquez sailed through

He first caught her eye in March, when she spotted him outside a yoga class in her home town of Malvern, Worcestershire, just days before the country went into lockdown. That meant much of their early relationship was conducted via video conferencing.

They discovered a shared hobby in running and are now both members of a club. They have been seen jogging close to their homes, which are less than two miles apart.

After lockdown rules were relaxed, Dr Timmins, a divorced father of two adult daughters, was spotted at the home that Ms Smith shares with her two sons, James and Michael. 

Ms Smith, a passionate Remainer, split from her husband Richard Timney (pictured)

The former MP has since moved to London to be in a Covid ‘bubble’ with her Strictly dance partner Anton du Beke.

But it is perhaps their shared love of politics which brought them together just two months after Ms Smith, a passionate Remainer, announced that she had split from her husband Richard Timney.

Dr Timmins, 58, has written numerous times about Brexit and his social-media profile pictures feature the EU flag.

A source close to Ms Smith revealed: ‘She is totally loved-up but keeps telling everyone it is early days. Given Graham’s specialist subject is politics, it is obvious they have a lot in common. They are both really happy. To find love at this age feels incredible for both of them.’

Last week she said of the couple’s first encounter: ‘We crossed on the stairs and I thought, ‘He’s nice.’ ‘

Ms Smith, who last night danced the samba to Tom Jones’s 1968 hit Help Yourself, left office in 2009 after the expenses scandal, when it was revealed that Mr Timney had claimed for two pornographic films. She lost her seat the following year.

The remaining eleven couples will take to the dancefloor on November 9 in a spectacular Movie Special.

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