In the new issue of Total Politics, out today, I interview Ann Widdecombe. The interview has made a few waves in the papers this morning, with the Telegraph concentrating on her view on candidate selection and climate change and the Mail relishing the possibility of her appearing on Strictly Come Dancing. In the interview...
You can read the full interview HERE.
- Reveals she is going to write a detective novel and has started writing her memoirs
- Says: “If I am offered it [a Peerage] I shall take it.” But says she does not want to be a Minister in a future Conservative government.
- Says: “I came into this place as a Member of Parliament, I leave it as an employee of the House of Commons… I think we’re going to have a third rate parliament.”
- Accuses the government of pushing through parliamentary reforms “which are the equivalent of the Dangerous Dogs Act”.
- Says that “there has been an attitude in the Conservative Party for some time that grey hair isn’t worth anything.”
- Says that MPs who lost in 1997 have been “treated with contempt by the Party”.
- When asked if one should kiss on a first date she replies: “It depends what sort of kiss one is talking about. I don’t wish to go into that any further!”
- Says Conservative Central Office told her association that they were not selecting her successor on merit. “One of my association asked the Central Office Agent: “Are you telling us we may not select on merit?” and with admirable honesty the Central Office agent said ‘yes’.”
- Warns the party not to “blindly” sign up to the climate change agenda. “There is a deep unease that we are rushing into a theology. Those who asked questions are ‘deniers’. We are rushing into a theology imposed by the equivalent of what has become the mediaeval church and no one’s allowed to question it. And even by questioning it you’re doing the world a massive disservice and bringing it under perdition. A lot of us are very unhappy.
- Reveals she may accept an offer to go on Strictly Come Dancing next year.
- Says she would like to present Have I Got News For You again, having previously said she wouldn’t.
- Accuses fellow women MPs of looking for sexism in politics but denies she has experienced it much.