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Cabinet resignations: Jacqui Smith advice for ministers

18 June 2012 Last updated at 16:44 BST

The present government has seen a series of resignations and several of the top team have been under fire at one time since the coalition was formed.

Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith had her own trouble at the top and recalled what it was like to be on the receiving end of bad press.

She remembered her past colleagues being sympathetic but appearing to say: "Thank goodness it's you, not me."

David Thompson looked back at some of the headlines that have seen some high-flying political careers come to an abrupt end, and why people still want to join the cabinet.

Lord Fowler on life as a Cabinet member under Margaret Thatcher

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