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Overview (4)

Born in Bath, Somerset, England, UK
Birth NameAnn Noreen Widdecombe
Nicknames Widdy
Doris Karloff
Height 5' 1½" (1.56 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Her father was a senior civil servant with the Ministry of Defence, and as he moved around the world Ann attended several schools, including the Royal Naval School Singapore and La Sainte Union Convent, Bath, before going up to Birmingham University (BA Latin 1969), and then Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford (BA philosophy, politics and economics 1972, MA) She began her working life with Unilever in marketing 1973-75, before moving to London University in 1975, where she became the senior administrator. Ann left the University to enter parliament in 1987. In 1997 she famously accused Michael Howard, her political boss, of having "something of the night" about him, following a departmental dispute for which she took the rap. It seemed to have blocked any rise in his career - until he was elected leader of the Conservative Party and of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition in November 2003. In 2001 she resigned from the shadow cabinet & decided not to run in the leadership election.

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Trivia (11)

She decided not to stand for the Conservative Party leadership in 2001, after the resignation of William Hague, because she wouldn't be able to gather enough support from her parliamentary colleagues.
She has never married and she has no children.
She is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Maidstone and The Weald.
Voted the 94th worst Briton in Channel Four's poll of the 100 Worst Britons. [May 2003]
She changed from the Church of England to the Roman Catholic Church in protest at the Church of England's decision to ordain women priests.
Is an outspoken critic of Fox Hunting and Abortion.
Was voted Backbencher of the Year in 1998 which led to her being elevated to the Conservative Shadow Cabinet as Health Spokeswoman
Participated in the eighth series of Strictly Come Dancing (2004) in 2010, partnered with Anton du Beke, finishing sixth out of fourteen celebrities.
Was again re-elected as MP for Maidstone and The Weald. Is also working on her fifth novel "The Idealists". [May 2005]
Still MP for Maidstone and The Weald, as well as writing books, and undertaking a series of one night stands about herself, her books and her views. [March 2004]
She was elected as a Brexit Party MEP in 2019. As such, she was involved in what David Baddiel described as a "back-turning-stunt" in the EU Parliament. Baddiel called Widdecombe and her colleagues "Brexit Party wankers behaving like five year olds, and five year old twats at that".

Personal Quotes (11)

Mr Right never came along. And it was never a sufficient priority to go out looking for him.
[on the then Home Secretary Michael Howard] "He has something of the night about him".
Television turns out a diet of swearing, drunkenness, drug-taking, shouting and screaming, abuse of authority, sex, criminality and provocative humor, delivered in Estuary English. That is before the watershed; after which it merely gets worse.
For years there's been an assumption that as society gets more civilised and doesn't have a death penalty, it's going to be a much gentler, kinder, more decent society to live in. Now look at the society we do live in as a result of all that thinking. It's a society in which children kill each other, the murder rate has absolutely shot up, you've got rampant paedophilia. That's the society which all this so-called enlightened thinking has created and it's because we've lost sight of one very fundamental fact. There is such a thing as evil and if you do not fight it, it will eventually triumph.
The only way you can interest people in politics is when they're faced with a real choice. When I had my first vote the world was divided into two conflicting political ideologies - capitalism versus communism. There was an enormous difference in this country between the Conservative Party and a socialist party. Young people today have never seen a socialist party. Blair (Tony Blair) and Brown (Gordon Brown) weren't about socialism, Foot (Michael Foot) and Kinnock (Neil Kinnock) were. It mattered to people who ran the country. Now they don't see that difference. They're not making decisions about political philosophy.
To fight socialism and solve seemingly insoluble problems. (On her reason for going into politics)
It was non-stop vulgarity. To record 30 minutes for the programme you have to film it for two and a half hours. And two and a half hours of Carr's sense of humour was more than I could stand. (On appearing on Have I Got News For You with Jimmy Carr)
Let's take the issue of gay marriage. I do not care tuppence what consenting adults do. It's not my business. The state does not belong in bedrooms. So I'm not authoritarian. I don't say: 'You shouldn't do this, you must do that.' What I do say is that the state must have a preferred model, and the model that has served us throughout the millennia is marriage - a man and a woman in a union that is generally open to procreation. Marriage isn't about two people; it is the basis for the family. That's why it's unique, and therefore I think society can say we're keeping marriage for a man and a woman.
There have to be sensible limits to the smoking ban. Some councils want to ban smoking in parks and meanwhile a campaign grows to ban smoking in all public places including the streets. Heaven help the children of smokers if mum or Dad can no longer nip outside for a fag but give these busybodies enough time and smoking will be banned from private houses on the grounds that visiting workmen might be affected. I have never been a smoker and I do not like cigarette smoke but I need a lot of convincing that I shall be unable to avoid it in a park. Freedom should be curtailed only in the interests of protecting others from harm and not merely to give jobs or satisfaction to petty officials. Or is that no longer a basic tenet of British life?
We've got the worst prime minister since Anthony Eden, we've got the worst leader of the opposition in the entire history of the Labour party, and we've got the worst parliament since Oliver Cromwell, and with that combination we've got the most important negotiation in 50 years
Nigel Farage has been more successful than any politician other than Margaret Thatcher that I can think of in my lifetime of getting his agenda through, and he's actually done it from outside Westminster.

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