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Petworth proudly welcomes a woman who was at the centre of Conservative politics for over twenty years and who unexpectedly went on to capture the nation’s heart when appearing in BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2010.
Ann Widdecombe’s frank and fearless autobiography recounts her early family life, her convent schooling, her years of study in Birmingham and Oxford, and offers unique insights into her twenty-three years as an MP, during which time she was a Minister in three Departments and the Shadow Cabinet in the 1990s. And of course much more!
"Ann Widdecombe is big. It’s politics that got small." The Mail on Sunday
Ann Widdecombe was born in 1947 in Bath. From 1987 to 2010 she was Member of Parliament for Maidstone in Kent. She was Minister of State Department of Employment in 1994 before going on to become Minister of State Home Office in 1995 where she was responsible for prisons and immigration. During William Hague’s leadership of the Conservative Party she was Shadow Health Secretary in 1998 and Shadow Home Secretary in 1999.
Her first novel, The Clematis Tree, a Sunday Times bestseller, was published in 2000: An Act of Treachery, Father Figure, and An Act of Peace followed over the next five years. Ann has made a number of television documentaries as well as appearing in the 2010 series of Strictly Come Dancing. She is a Privy Counsellor, writes a regular column for the Daily Express and currently lives on Dartmoor, Devon.