- B.A. Latin, University of Birmingham. 
- B.A. Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), University of Oxford. 
Ann Widdecombe is a former MEP for the South West of England, having represented the Brexit Party, led by former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, until Britain’s withdrawal from the EU. She was previously a Conservative minister under Prime Minister John Major. , , 
Widdecombe is well known for her hard-line socially conservative views, including opposition to abortion and LGBT rights, as well as support for the death penalty. 
Widdecombe has a history of casting doubt on climate science and opposing policies to reduce emissions. Along with fellow Conservatives Peter Lilley, Christopher Chope, Philip Davies, and Andrew Tyrie, she was one of only five MPs to oppose the 2008 Climate Change Act. 
Six years after the bill passed into law, Widdecombe wrote that she credited former UK chancellor Nigel Lawson, founder of the climate science denial campaign group the Global Warming Policy Foundation, with convincing her that the “doom mongers” were wrong. In the same article, she compared the rejection of climate science denial to book-burning in Nazi Germany. 
Widdecombe ran unsuccessfully for parliament in both the 1979 and 1983 general elections, before being elected as MP for Maidstone in 1987. She remained MP of the constituency, which became Maidstone and The Weald in 1997, until 2010. , , 
During the 1990s, Widdecombe held the following junior positions under Prime Minister John Major and subsequently opposition leader William Hague: Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Department of Social Security; Parliamentary Under-Secretary and Minister of State at the Department of Employment; Minister of State at the Home Office; Shadow Health Secretary; Shadow Home Secretary. 
While a student at Oxford, Widdecombe served as Secretary and Treasurer of The Oxford Union debating society and was a Committee Member of the Oxford University Conservative Association. 
Since retiring as an MP, Widdecombe has stayed in the spotlight with appearances on a number of TV shows, including Strictly Come Dancing and Celebrity Big Brother.
Stance on Climate Change
October 29, 2014
In an article for the Daily Express entitled “‘Fighting the nonsense’: The climate change rebels were spot on,” Widdecombe wrote: 
“Meanwhile the science of climate change is robustly disputed where once it was regarded as having all the authority of Holy Writ. So much was this the case that Nigel Lawson, whose book An Appeal To Reason is still the best refutation of the doom mongers, found it difficult to get published. In 1930s Germany they burned books that challenged state orthodoxy: here we just try to bury them.” 
October 29, 2014
In an Op Ed article at the Express, Whiddecombe criticised wind power: 
“We have shunned the obvious answer of nuclear power in favour of vast, ugly, inefficient, bird-mashing wind farms which benefit none but those who take the subsidies from them,” she wrote. 
January 12, 2009
In a 2009 Daily Express articled entitled “Now the EU wants to ban your plasma television,” reporting on plans by the European Union to introduce minimum energy standards for televisions, Widdecombe said: 
“We have already got the situation of being compelled to have ‘green’ light bulbs with poisonous mercury in them. First it was the light bulbs and now they are after plasma screen TVs.
“There is no climate change, hasn’t anybody looked out of their window recently?” 
September 9 2020
Writing in the Daily Express, Widdecombe suggested that civic authorities had acquiesced to a “snowflake mob”, stating that,. “to believe in the traditional definition of marriage is heresy, as is any suggestion that replacing fossil fuels with windfarms is impractical or that the British Empire might have done some good or that people living some centuries ago should not have been expected to think as we do.” 
April 24, 2019
Widdecombe announced she would be standing in the May European elections as a South West of England candidate for the newly-created Brexit Party, led by former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. 
October 29, 2014
Widdecombe wrote an article for the Daily Express saying that she was proud to have been one of the “rebels” who voted against the UK’s Climate Change Act. She credited former UK chancellor Nigel Lawson, founder of the climate denial campaign group the Global Warming Policy Foundation, with convincing her that the “doom mongers” were wrong. In the same article, she compared the rejection of climate science denial to book-burning in Nazi Germany. 
May 6, 2010
October 28, 2008
- Brexit Party — South West MEP. 
- Conservative Party — Former MP for Maidstone and the Weald, holding a number of cabinet and shadow cabinet positions. 
Ann Widdecombe does not appear to be active on social media.
Ann Widdecombe is a regular columnist for the Daily Express.
- “We have to put ourselves in the line of fire for Britain,” Daily Express, May 1, 2019.
- “Brexit: Theresa May’s dud EU deal is the lesser of two evils,” Daily Express, March 20, 2019.
- “It’s official: Brexit shows that Britain has gone soft,” Daily Express, December 5, 2018.
- “Just tell Brussels to take it or leave it,” Daily Express, August 1, 2018.
- “‘Fighting the nonsense’ The climate change rebels were spot on,” Daily Express, October 29, 2014.
“Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe,” University of Birmingham. Archived February 11, 2017. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.
“Ann Widdecombe: Former Tory MP to stand for Brexit Party,” BBC News, April 24, 2019. Archived May 20, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/EJy3v
Maya Oppenheim. “Ann Widdecombe attacks Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for supporting LGBT+ rights,” The Independent, April 26, 2018. Archived May 20, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/hVuBS
“Climate Change Bill — Third Reading (and other amendments) — 28 Oct 2008,” The Public Whip. Archived May 20, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/HZ1Td
“‘Fighting the nonsense’ The climate change rebels were spot on,” Daily Express, October 29, 2014. Archived May 20, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/tPYBu
Richard Collett-White, Chloe Farand, Mat Hope. “Meet The Brexit Party’s Climate Science Deniers,” DeSmog, May 1, 2019.
“SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE REPORT ON HOMEOPATHY,” Parliament.uk, February 23, 2010. Archived May 20, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/6xalG
“Brexit Party’s Ann Widdecombe wins South West seat,” BBC News, May 27, 2019. Archived October 10, 2019. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/bZOl4
Anne Widdecombe, Civic authority now cowers in the face of the snowflake lynch-mobs, The Daily Express, September 9, 2020 Archived September 21, 2020. Archive URL: https://web.archive.org/save/https://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnist…
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