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Ann Widdecombe

Ann Noreen Widdecombe (born 4 October 1947) is a former British Conservative Party politician and has been a novelist since 2000. She is a Privy ... More »Ann Noreen Widdecombe (born 4 October 1947) is a former British Conservative Party politician and has been a novelist since 2000. She is a Privy Councillor and was the Member of Parliament for Maidstone from 1987 to 1997 and for Maidstone and The Weald from 1997 to 2010. She was a social conservative and a member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship. She retired from politics at the 2010 general election. Since 2002 she has also made numerous television and radio appearances, including as a television presenter. She is a convert from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism. Born in Bath, Somerset, Widdecombe is the daughter of a Ministry of Defence civil servant James Murray Widdecombe and Rita N Plummer. She attended the Royal Navy School in Singapore, and a convent school in Bath. She then read Latin at Birmingham University and later attended Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). She worked for Unilever (1973–75) and then as an administrator at... [ Wikipedia ]

RICHARD KAY: Ooh la la... Widdy's an opera diva!

'In 2010, Dawn French was the guest artist, so it is something of an accolade for a non-showbiz person like Ann Widdecombe to do it,' says an opera aficionado...

Female MPs are useless not victims of sexism: Ann Widdcombe lashes out at the Blair Babes with a 'se...

Female MPs who complain about how macho politics are not the victims of sexism but simply ‘useless’, Ann Widdecombe has claimed. The outspoken former Tory minister dismissed the idea that Westminster was biased against women, and insisted both sexes were ‘roughed up’ during debates. In ...

Ann Widdecombe: Cameron vetoed my peerage because I opposed foxhunting, claims former Tory MP

David Cameron blocked a peerage for Ann Widdecombe allegedly because of her opposition to fox hunting, the former Tory MP says. In a new book, serialised in The Mail on Sunday, she says that as a former Minister she ‘had a strong probability’ of joining the House of Lords when she left ...

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Juno Temple's gearing up for her royal role

The theatre executive added: ‘They might as well put Ann Widdecombe in it, too.’ Ticket sales have dropped 20 per cent since Crawford left and the show now has an advance of £1.8 million — which is paltry for a theatre of the Palladium’s size, especially when you consider that at ...

Footballers as bad as bankers? Now that's rich

Ann Widdecombe? Are you mad? A survey commissioned by the BBC claimed viewers feel the elderly are stereotyped as moaners and exploited on reality shows. One respondent said: ‘We didn’t like older people making fools of themselves. Producers and directors are taking advantage, using it ...

Elderly women are treated as 'figures of fun' and 'token' members of panel shows

BBC shows like Strictly Come Dancing exploit older women like Ann Widdecombe as "figures of fun" and the "butt of jokes", a corporation commissioned report has found. Viewers highlighted Miss Widdecombe who they said had been on the talent show 'just for a laugh' Photo: BBC The ...

Ann Widdecombe: Dances like a hippo and looks like a Dalek in drag it can only be Strictly Widdy:

Strictly Ann, by Ann Widdecombe, is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson at £20. To order your copy for £15 with free p&p, call the Mail Book Shop on 0844 472 4157 or visit mailbookshop.co.uk...

Last Night's Viewing: Are You Having a Laugh? Comedy and Christianity, BBC1 Parks and Recreation, B...

Ann Widdecombe is unamused because "jokes about Christianity are everywhere you look". Her evidence is mild at best – a clip of Dara O Briain asking, "If we're all God's children, what's so special about Jesus? " here, another of (the Christian) Ian Hislop taking mock-offence to being ...

Ann Widdecombe waltzes back on Strictly Come Dancing for Children In Need special

But Ann Widdecombe is making a return to Strictly Come Dancing for 2012's Children In Need. The former MP may not have possessed the best dancing skills the series has ever seen, but she remained a hugely popular figure on the show, and surprised many by lasting an impressive ten weeks ...

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Ann Widdecombe takes part in dress rehearsal as she prepares for her Opera House debut (thankfully i...

She can't sing a note - but that hasn't stopped Ann Widdecombe from making her operatic debut. The former Home Office minister took part in the dress rehearsal at The Royal Opera House yesterday ahead of opening night on Thursday. She is cast in Donizetti's La Fille Du Regiment, the tale ...

Sex toys for sale at Boots, in full view of children: Prominently displayed them close to healthcare...

Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe said: ‘Boots, which is a family store – and a very popular one at that – should adopt standards that Ann Summers have been happy to adopt. That says it all.’ The sex toys are a dramatic change of policy for Boots. Seven years ago, the company ...

Don't lecture me! It's Oxford that should on the rack for sexism

Indeed, newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky was a 'union hack' in her day (to hack, in Oxford slang, is to engage in blatant careerism — hence Madeline's campaign slogan) as was former MP Ann Widdecombe and former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Louise Mensch, the Tory MP and ...

Bruno Tonioli: Kate Moss parties and Simon Cowell's attempts to poach him

‘But he’s not going to tell me or Len what to do!’ insists Bruno, ‘Never!’ Did he see Craig as the wicked queen in panto with Ann Widdecombe over Christmas? ‘I saw the pictures and Craig in drag is stunning. He looks like a beautiful woman! Whereas with me in drag, I look like a trucker ...

BBC slammed for putting 'token women' on Question Time, Mock the Week and QI in damning report

Strictly Come Dancing was praised for the broad range of ages among competitors, but concerns were raised that older contestants, such as Ann Widdecombe, were being exploited as ‘figures of fun’. All male panel: Question Time, chaired by David Dimbleby, was singled out for putting only a ...

Margaret Thatcher film: Where are the Iron Ladies of today?

Ann Widdecombe was a contender who somehow failed to rise to the heights. And while I don’t begrudge her for a second her retirement fun on Strictly, the fact remains that by donning a sparkly dress and clodhopping about the stage she has added greatly to the gaiety of the nation but ...

The Hatchet Job award: payback for critics

" Rachel Cooke on Strictly Ann: The Autobiography by Ann Widdecombe in the Observer "Is Widdecombe's writing any better than her dancing? No. About the best you can say for her prose is that it is accurate. Her grammar is fine – Ann is a stickler for grammar – and ...

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'No rhythm, no beauty, no humour': Hatchet Job of the Year 2014 shortlist announced

" 2) Rachel Cooke on Strictly Ann: The Autobiography by Ann Widdecombe, published in The Observer Extract: "Is Widdecombe's writing any better than her dancing? No. About the best you can say for her prose is that it is accurate. Her grammar is fine – Ann is a ...

Hatchet Job of the Year shortlist 2013's most negative reviews in quotes

Rachel Cooke on Strictly Ann: The Autobiography by Ann Widdecombe in the Observer "When Ann Widdecombe appeared on Strictly Come Dancing in 2010, the judges were not complimentary, describing her variously as "a dancing hippo", "a Dalek in drag" and "the Ark Royal". [...] ...

From ‘bossy boots’ to Benn – and Ann Widdecombe too: Political books for Christmas

... in this brief observation: “When I look back on my life, I’ve been so obsessed with myself all the time – Benn, Benn, Benn, Tony Benn – and actually I’m just not interesting.” More interesting is the memoir of another might-have-been, Ann Widdecombe’s Strictly Ann (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, £20)...

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National Trust opens TV's Big Brother house to the public as a 'British cultural icon'

However, the plan to open up the Big Brother house was criticised by former MP Ann Widdecombe who said she was 'saddened' by the move. The property with its ever-changing decor has been home to figures such as Vinnie Jones, Ivana Trump and Vanessa Feltz who have taken part in Celebrity ...

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