As Commons researchers marched on Downing Street to complain about low pay - many earn as little as pound;6k - the schools minister was due yesterday to take her staff out to lunch and is said o be behind the Transport and General Workers Union's campaign all the way.
Jacqui's right-hand woman, Ceri White, sits on the Tamp;G's branch executive (hence the link) but tells us her boss is a model employer who dips into her own pocket to top up her team's salaries.
"I'm on more than pound;20k," Ceri reveals. "Write in big letters: I love Jacqui Smith." The Diary expects a cut of her next pay rise.