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Ann Widdecombe: Former Tory MP to stand for Brexit Party

Ann Widdecombe: Former Tory MP to stand for Brexit Party

Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe has announced she is set to return to politics - for the Brexit Party.Ms Widdecombe, 71, said she would still vote Conservative in the upcoming local elections but would stand as a candidate for Nigel Farage's new party in the European elections.She said she wanted to "fire a very loud warning shot across the bows" of the established parties.The former shadow home secretary has been retired since 2010.Writing in the Daily Express, Ms Widdecombe said the "last thing" she wanted was "a full-on return to the political fray" but she felt it necessary to re-affirm "the supremacy of the will of the people".
She added: "What the Remain campaign failed to achieve by fear must not be achieved by fatigue."
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Ann Widdecombe appeared in the 2010 series of Strictly Come Dancing
1987 - Elected as Conservative MP for Maidstone
1994 - Made a minister in the Department of Employment
1995 - Becomes a minister in the Home Office
1998 - Appointed shadow health secretary
1999 - Appointed shadow home secretary
2010 - Retires from politics but continues to write
2010 - Appears on BBC's Strictly Come Dancing
2018 - Finishes as the runner-up in Celebrity Big Brother
2019 - Announces decision to stand as an MEP candidate for the Brexit Party
The UK has been given an extension to the Brexit process until 31 October, meaning participation in the European elections on 23 May looks likely.In addition to Mr Farage's new venture, Change UK - formerly The Independent Group - launched its European election campaign in Bristol on Tuesday. Interim leader Heidi Allen said Change UK was "the home of the Remain alliance".Meanwhile, cross-party talks between the government and Labour, aimed at forging a common way forward on Brexit, are continuing amid recriminations at the slow pace of progress.
'Red lines'
Prime Minister Theresa May's official spokesman said that while the discussions with Labour were "serious" they were proving "difficult" in some areas, and that progress was needed "urgently" to enable Britain to leave the EU as soon as possible.Labour, however, put the blame for lack of progress on the government's refusal to shift on its "red lines".
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