For those predominantly nonEnglish readers, Ann Widdecombe. Ladies and gentlemen, Ann Widdecombe…
I’ll let Wikipedia do the introductions:
Ann Noreen Widdecombe (born 4 October 1947) is a British politician and author serving as a Brexit PartyMember of the European Parliament (MEP) for the South West England constituency since 2019. She served as Conservative PartyMember of Parliament (MP) for Maidstone from 1987 to 1997 and for Maidstone and The Weald from 1997 to 2010.
Born in Bath, Somerset, Widdecombe read Latin at the University of Birmingham and later studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Widdecombe is a Privy Councillor. She served as Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department from 1995 to 1997 and Shadow Home Secretary from 1999 to 2001.
Widdecombe is a social conservative and was a member of the Conservative Christian Fellowship. As a member of the House of Commons, she was known for opposing the legality of abortion, her opposition to various issues of LGBT rights such as an equal age of consent and the repeal of Section 28, her support for the re-introduction of the death penalty, the retention of blasphemy laws and her opposition to fox hunting.
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. A prominent Eurosceptic, in 2016, she supported the Vote Leave campaign to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union. Widdecombe returned to politics as the lead candidate for the Brexit Party in South West England at the 2019 European Parliament election and subsequently won her seat.
The TL;DR is: Ex-Tory MP and Minister, “hilarious” contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, has come out of political retirement to represent Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party as an MEP (Member of the Europen Parliament).
Now, back in the limelight, and as a committed Christian, she seems to be picking a leaf out of her American counterpart Republican book by making un-British political/social statements. Before I bring that into play, why the wide-eyed statement? Watch this interview, that I saw live in the wee hours of the morning of the EU elections – astoundingly Widdecombe facial expressions:
She has hit the news today in announcing that teh Gayz need an “answer”:
Ann Widdecombe has come under fire after she suggested science might one day “produce an answer” to being gay….
The independent MP Nick Boles said: “If only science could produce an answer to the blight of poisonous bigotry that is Ann Widdecombe.”
Widdecombe was asked about earlier comments she had made about gay conversion therapy during an interview on Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday.
She said: “I also pointed out that there was a time when we thought it was quite impossible for men to become women and vice versa and the fact that we now think it is quite impossible for people to switch sexuality doesn’t mean that science may not be able to produce an answer at some stage.”
Asked if she was suggesting there was a possibility that science could find a way to change sexuality, Widdecombe replied: “I don’t know. I don’t know any more other than people once knew whether it was impossible for men to become women.
“I don’t know and I’ve never claimed – and this is where I am misrepresented quite often – I’ve never claimed that such science already exists. I’ve never claimed that.
“I’ve merely said that if you simply rule out the possibility of it, you are denying people who are confused about their sexuality, or discontented with it, the chances that you do give to people who want to change gender.
“Now that’s all I’ve said. I do not imagine for one moment that the Brexit party will be putting forward a policy on gay sex changes in its manifesto.”
For more fun with Widdecombe, see the Intelligence Squared debate where she argues that the Catholic church is a force for good, against Stephen Fry and Christopher Hitchens: