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  1. March 9, 2012

    The Inventory: Ann Widdecombe

    Ann Widdecombe, 64, was first elected to the House of Commons in 1987. She was MP for Maidstone and the Weald (formerly...

  2. January 6, 2012

    Traditional pantos pack in audiences

    It’s traditional, it’s unique to Britain and Ireland and it’s booming. Laughing in the face of economic austerity, the...

  1. November 4, 2011

    Strictly snug seating

    Irecently spent many hours sitting in cramped conditions squeezed up against my middle child, Cost Centre #2. Not the most...

  2. September 26, 2011

    Puffing Billy demands alternative track

    By mid-morning yesterday the queues outside the conference hall were the longest I have ever seen at such an event. This may...

  3. Westminster Blog

    April 18, 2011

    Vince plays the Ann Widdecombe card on AV

    With several weeks to go before the AV referendum the arguments are starting to get slightly repetitive. But Vince Cable has...

  4. December 10, 2010

    The same old story that is Corrie’s glory

    A mistress demands her lover leave his wife, and he murders her with a hammer. An ex-husband pleads with his ex-wife to...

  5. November 26, 2010

    Dancing is just the start of my new life

    Ann Widdecombe, 63, retired as Conservative MP for Maidstone and the Weald in May, and is currently appearing in BBC 1’s...

  6. October 21, 2010

    Some happy news to distract folk

    Whitehall officials have been urged to come up with some “good news stories” to be released in the aftermath of the spending...

  7. September 11, 2010

    Serious intentions and steamy intrigues

    Two programmes, one past and one to come, point to a Channel 4 energised by the cauterisation of Big Brother, with promise...

  8. Westminster Blog

    February 22, 2010

    Exclusive: Ann Widdecombe has resigned from bullying charity

    There will be something coming out within minutes. Things aren’t looking too good for the National Bullying Helpline. (Still...

  9. Westminster Blog

    February 22, 2010

    Exclusive: Another resignation from the anti-bullying charity

    Cary Cooper, a patron of the National Bullying Helpline, resigned this morning at protest at the decision by Christine Pratt...

  10. November 19, 2009

    Papal visit

    Westminster Blog (Alex Barker): There is one interesting omission from the Queen's Speech: the Pope. This was going to be...

  11. Westminster Blog

    November 18, 2009

    No state visit from the Vatican?

    There is one interesting omission from the Queen’s Speech: the Pope. This was going to be the day when the Queen would tell...

  12. October 21, 2009

    Tory anger over all-women shortlists

    David Cameron infuriated Conservative activists yesterday by imposing all-women shortlists on the party from January, in an...

  13. October 20, 2009

    Cameron to impose all-women shortlists

    David Cameron infuriated Conservative activists on Tuesday by imposing all-women shortlists on the party from January, in an...

  14. June 23, 2009

    Expectation of reforming role outstrips reality

    The contest to elect the Speaker had all the excitement of a Grand National race, offering a temporary distraction from the...

  15. June 22, 2009

    New Speaker might have hands tied

    The contest to elect the Speaker had all the excitement of a Grand National race, offering a temporary distraction from the...

  16. Westminster Blog

    June 22, 2009

    John Bercow in the lead to be Speaker

    Newsflash: John Bercow is ahead with 179 votes in the first round of the voting for the new Speaker. This doesn’t mean he’s...

  17. Westminster Blog

    June 22, 2009

    Speaker speeches: a brief summary

    How did they all do? Marks out of 10 are for the speech – not the chances of success: (2.30pm) Margaret Beckett: 5/10 Thin...

  18. Westminster Blog

    June 16, 2009

    Who will stop Bercow?

    The John Bercow for Speaker juggernaut keeps rolling on. He is the 9/5 clear favourite and his odds just keep on shortening....

  19. September 27, 2008

    Why I live in ... Dartmoor

    Ann Widdecombe, the Conservative MP for Maidstone and the Weald, announced last year she will stand down at the next...

  20. September 27, 2008

    Dartmoor

    Ann Widdecombe, the Conservative MP for Maidstone and the Weald, announced last year she will stand down at the next...

  21. May 21, 2008

    Cameron backs lowering abortion time limit to 20 weeks

    David Cameron said yesterday he would back a cut in the abortion time limit to 20 weeks as MPs debated far-reaching changes...

  22. May 20, 2008

    MPs opt for no change on abortion

    MPs on Tuesday night voted against cutting the legal limit for abortions after an emotionally charged debate in the House of...

  23. February 23, 2008

    Former Blair press aide to publish novel

    While almost all Labour MPs have resisted the temptation to turn their hand to writing fiction, publishing a novel is fast...

  24. January 26, 2008

    From big hitter to babysitter

    A Friday lunchtime in south-west London and upmarket Amici Restaurant, on Wandsworth Common, is packed with...

  25. August 15, 2007

    Pick of the Day

    Food, sun, a Tory panjandrum, crime . . . Not a modish thriller but Rick Stein's Mediterranean Escapes (BBC2 8.00pm), from...

  26. July 23, 2007

    Brown bounce was misjudged, say Tories

    Senior Conservative MPs and modernisers have warned that David Cameron faces a difficult summer after the Tory leader and...

  27. July 23, 2007

    Brown bounce was misjudged, say Tories

    Senior Conservative MPs and modernisers have warned David Cameron faces a difficult summer after the Tory leader and his...

  28. June 30, 2007

    'We are all vulnerable people'

    Behind the dusty Byzantine bulwark of the Roman Catholic Westminster cathedral is the rambling, red-brick clergy house. A...

  29. June 29, 2007

    ‘We are all vulnerable people’

    Behind the dusty Byzantine bulwark of the Roman Catholic Westminster cathedral is the rambling, red-brick clergy house. A...

  30. April 17, 2007

    Hague scales back private work but is parliament's top outside earner

    The rhetorical skills of William Hague, the shadow foreign secretary and one of the most formidable despatch box performers...

  31. April 14, 2007

    CRITICS' CHOICE

    Has Ann Widdecombe acquired Kirstie Wark's agent? The MP is enjoying the same sort of ubiquity as the inescapable...

  32. February 10, 2007

    You didn't quite get it, Louis

    Apparently we are a nation of gamblers. We love to bet. But it is only now that gambling is becoming mainstream. Previously...

  33. January 13, 2007

    TELEVISION KARL FRENCH

    The highlight of Saturday evening's largely unenticing line-up is the start of Al Murray's Happy Hour (ITV1 9.50pm),...

  34. November 15, 2006

    Retailers join animal rights lobby over chemical retesting

    High street retailers and MPs have joined forces with animal rights activists to lobby the European Commission over the new...

  35. October 16, 2006

    Crucifix ban drops BA into dispute over signs of belief

    British Airways last night faced criticism from prominent politicians and Christian clerics after it banned an employee from...

  36. October 16, 2006

    BA under fire over ban on employee's crucifix

    British Airways last night faced criticism from prominent UK politicians and Christian clerics after it banned one of its...

  37. October 15, 2006

    BA under fire over employee wearing crucifix

    British Airways on Sunday night faced criticism from prominent UK politicians and Christian clerics after it banned one of...

  38. September 12, 2006

    TELEVISION

    "There is no morality above 8,000 metres" - or so we learn in the course of Everest ER (BBC4 9.00pm), but then again...

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