Ann Widdecombe

Former MP, Maidstone and The Weald

Maidstone and The Weald Conservative

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  • Has never voted on increasing the rate of VAT Source
  • Voted very strongly against a more proportional system for electing MPs Source
  • Voted moderately for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU Source
  • Voted strongly against more EU integration Source
  • Voted strongly against removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords Source
  • Voted very strongly for replacing Trident with a new nuclear weapons system Source
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Ann Widdecombe sometimes rebelled against their party in their last parliament

Recent appearances

  • Gladys Taulo 6 Apr 2010

    Is it encouraging?
  • Gladys Taulo 6 Apr 2010

    Does the Minister not agree that where there is a small and possibly unintended breach, a proportionate response is simply to let the person know of the breach, to require them to desist from it and to warn them that any future such breach will result in removal, rather than to move in a heavy-handed fashion to remove them in the first place?
  • Gladys Taulo 6 Apr 2010

    I think that I should apologise to the House on two counts. The first is because I said only a couple of days ago that I was making my last speech in this House, but that was before I realised that I was going to be lucky in the lottery at the last moment. The second reason why I should apologise, if not to the House, certainly to the Minister, is because this is the second time within seven...

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Profile

Former Conservative MP for Maidstone and The Weald

Entered House of Commons on 11 June 1987 — General election

Left Parliament on 12 April 2010 — did not stand for re-election

Also represented Maidstone

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Topics of interest

  • Home Department
  • Health
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Education and Skills
  • Transport
  • Asylum Seekers
  • Gurkhas
  • Correspondence
  • Home Detention Curfew Scheme
  • Prisons

Other offices held in the past

  • Member, Chairmen's Panel Committee (1 Nov 2005 to 3 Aug 2006)
  • Member, Chairmen's Panel Committee (to 11 Apr 2005)

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  • Has spoken in 13 debates in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
  • Has received answers to 7 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
  • Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
  • Has voted in 48.29% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
  • People have made 15 annotations on this MP’s speeches — above average amongst MPs.
  • This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 18–19 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
  • 82 people are tracking this MP
  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 881 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs. (Why is this here?)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 12 Apr 2010.

1. Remunerated directorships
Merry Monks Editions Limited; import and sale of gift items.
2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Advance of £100,000 plus performance bonuses from Weidenfeld & Nicholson for third and fourth books.
Series of lectures at theatres around the country, booked through Clive Conway Associates. (£15,001-£20,000)
Daily Express columnist. Address: Express Newspapers, 10 Lower Thames Street, London, EC3R 6EN (£50,001-£55,000)
Monthly payment of £4583 for writing weekly column. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 17 July 2009).
Monthly payment of £4583 for writing weekly column. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 19 August 2009).
Monthly payment of £4583 for writing weekly column. Hours: 10 hrs. (Registered 14 September 2009)
1 October 2009, monthly payment of £4583 received for writing weekly column. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 5 October 2009)
1 November 2009, monthly payment of £4583 received for writing weekly column. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 17 November 2009)
1 December 2009, monthly payment of £4583 received for writing weekly column. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2009)
1 January 2010, monthly payment of £4583 received for writing weekly column. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 8 January 2010)
1 February 2010, monthly payment of £4583 received for writing weekly column. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 1 February 2010)
1 March 2010, monthly payment of £4,583 received for writing weekly column. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 1 March 2010)
1 April 2010, monthly payment of £4,583 received for writing weekly column. Hours: 8 hrs. (Registered 1 April 2010)
Payment for Daily Telegraph Podcast (from 9 January 2008). (£5,001-£10,000)
Speaking engagement via Gordon Poole Agency for Forum for the Built Environment on 27 March 2009. (Up to £5,000) (Registered 30 March 2009)
3 April 2009, speaking engagement via Gordon Poole Agency for Chartered Institute of Housing. (Up to £5,000) (Registered 7 April 2009)
22 April 2009, speaking engagement via Gordon Poole Agency for the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs. (Up to £5,000) (Registered 24 April 2009)
29 April 2009, speaking engagement via Gordon Poole Agency for the Chemical Business Association. (Up to £5,000) (Registered 29 May 2009)
6 May 2009, speaking engagement via Gordon Poole Agency for the Institute of Directors Norfolk Branch. (Up to £5,000) (Registered 29 May 2009)
4 June 2009, speaking engagement on behalf of JLA for the Centre for Sheltered/Supporting Housing Studies. (Up to £5,000) (Registered 8 June 2009)
17 June 2009, speaking engagement via Gordon Poole Agency for the Bradford Care Home Support. (Up to £5,000) (Registered 26 June 2009)
23 June 2009, speaking engagement via Women Speakers for Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce. (Up to £5,000) (Registered 26 June 2009)
1 July 2009, received gift of bottle of whisky for speaking engagement at Bury Hospice, 89 The Rock, Bury, BL9 0NB. Estimated value: £15. Hours: 2 hours. (Registered 15 July 2009).
1<SUP>st July 2009, received gift of bottle of whisky for speaking engagement at Cheadle Conservatives, Mellor Road, Cheadle, SK8 5AT. Estimated value: £15. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 15 July 2009).
4 July 2009, received £25 M&S Voucher for speaking engagement at Tap In To Faith, The Vicarage, Palace Place, Paignton, TQ3 3AQ. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 15 July 2009)
9 July 2009, received flowers and donation of £50 to the Goat Sanctuary, Maidstone for speaking engagement at Croydon Townswoman Guild, C/O Tomlinson House, 1st floor, 329 Tyburn Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B24 8HJ. Flowers estimated value: £10. Hours:2 hrs. (Registered 15 July 2009).
14 July 2009, received Waterman's Ball Point Pen for speaking engagement at the Friends of West London Mission, 19 Thayer Street, London, W1. Gift value: £65.66. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 15 July 2009)
Received mug for speaking engagement at the Campaign Against Political Correctness, Trevose House, Orsett Street, Kennington, London, SE11 5PN. Hours: 1.5hrs. (Registered 19 August 2009)
Received £50 for talk given to Bovey Tracey Women's Luncheon Club. Hours: 2hrs. Fee donated to charity. Address: The Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AL. (Registered 9 October 2009)
Address: Jonathan Richards, LBC Radio Ltd, 30 Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LA.
Received £5500 for two weeks' radio cover for James O'Brien. Hours: 30 hrs. (Registered 9 October 2009)
12 October 2009, received £150 for appearing on LBC Radio. Hours: 1 hr. (28 October 2009)
Filming of C4 Bible Series over a 14 day period. Address: Pioneer Productions, 32 Galena Road, London W6 0LT.
Received instalment payment of £5000. Hours: 78 hrs. (Registered 9 October 2009)
20 January 2010, received instalment payment of £5000. Hours: 78 hrs. (Registered 20 January 2010)
9 October 2009, received £750 for an appearance at the Cheltenham Literary Festival. Address: Clair Greenaway, Cheltenham Festivals, 109 Bath Road, Cheltenham GL53 7LS. Hours: 2 hrs. (28 October 2009)
9 October 2009, received flowers for giving a talk to the West Kent WI District Conference. Address: Joyce Garland, Meopham Village Hall, Wrotham Road, Meopham, Kent DA13 0AA. Hours: 2 hrs. (28 October 2009)
10 October 2009, received flowers and a £50 charitable donation for giving a talk to the Maidstone branch of the Disabled Christian Fellowship. Address: Allington Baptist Church, 76a London Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 0DT. Hours: 1.5 hrs. (28 October 2009)
10 October 2009, received a fruit bowl for giving a talk to the Faversham and Mid Kent Conservative Association. Address: 8 Faversham Road, Lenham, Maidstone, Kent ME17 2PN. Hours: 2 hrs. (28 October 2009)
11 October 2009, received flowers for giving a lecture at Ely Cathedral. Address: Ely Cathedral, High Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4DL. Hours: 1.5 hrs. (28 October 2009)
13 October 2009, received a bottle of whisky for giving a talk to Wellingborough Conservatives Ladies' Lunch. Address: Wellingborough Conservative Association, 21a High Street, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire NN8 4JZ. Hours: 2 hrs. (28 October 2009)
16 October 2009, received £2000 for giving a talk to Birmingham Forward. Address: Jeremy Harmer, Famous Faces, PO Box 69, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 4WZ. Hours: 3 hrs. (28 October 2009)
19 October 2009, received £500 for participating in a debate. Address: Hannah Kaye, Intelligence Squared, 45 Foubert's Place, London W1F 7QH. Hours: 3 hrs. (28 October 2009)
22 October 2009, received a box of chocolates for giving a talk at Rainham Library. Address: David Dennison, Rainham Library, Broadway, Rainham, Essex RM13 9YW. Hours: 1.5 hrs. (28 October 2009)
23 October 2009, received flowers for attending a constituency event (Community Matters Celebration). Address: Mr Richard Johnstone, Waitrose Allington Park, Mid Kent Shopping Centre, Allington Park, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 0PX. Hours: 1 hr. (28 October 2009)
23 October 2009, £100 of dry cleaning vouchers donated to charity for attending a constituency event (opening of a refurbished store). Address: Mr Andrew Boswell, Johnson Dry Cleaners, 18 Gabriels Hill, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6JG. Hours: 0.5 hrs. (28 October 2009)
9 September 2009, received payment of £175 for appearing on GMTV. Address: The London Television Centre, Upper Ground, London SE1 9TT. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 17 November 2009)
30 October 2009, received a bottle of whisky for giving a speech to South West Devon Conservative Association. Address: Station Road, Totnes, TQ9 5HW. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 17 November 2009)
2 November 2009, £150 donation to charity for writing an article for The Guardian. Address: Guardian News and Media PLC, 1 Scott Place, Manchester M3 3GG. Hours: 1 hr.(Registered 17 November 2009)
5 November 2009, received a cuddly reindeer for giving a talk to Castle Point Conservatives. Address: Edna Bowden, Castle Point Conservatives, 8 Green Road, Benfleet, Essex. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 17 November 2009)
5 November 2009, received some flowers for giving a talk to Brentwood Catholic Children Society. Address: Ann Davenport, Brentwood Catholic Children Society, Childcare House, Little Wheatley Chase, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 9EH. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 17 November 2009)
13 November 2009, received £3450 for a speaking engagement at the Chartered Institute of Housing. Address of payer: United Agents, 12-16 Lexington Street, London, W1F 0LE. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 17 November 2009)
13 November 2009, received £3450 for a speaking engagement at The Concrete Society. Address of payer: JLA Ltd, 80 Great Portland Street, London W1W 7NW. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 17 November 2009)
Constituency engagement: opening of new classroom and reception. Received flowers (value: £15). Address: Mrs S Wood, Hunton Primary School, Bishops Lane, Hunton, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 0SJ. Hours: 1.5 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2009)
Constituency Engagement: Presentation Evening. Received flowers (value: £20). Address: Mr D Morse, Chairman Maidstone Duke of Edinburgh's Award Panel, c/o County Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ. Hours: 1.5 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2009)
Speaking Engagement: Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Cardiff. Received £2000. Address of payer: Gordon Poole Agency Limited, The Limes, Brockley, Bristol, BS48 3BB. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2009)
Speaking Engagement: School Prizegiving. Received £50 in book tokens. Charlie Lawson, The Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hanworth Road, Hampton, TW12 3HF. Hours: 2.5 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2009)
Speaking Engagement: Colorplast. Received £3000. Address of payer: United Agents Limited, 12 - 26 Lexington Street, London, W1F 0LE. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2009)
Speaking Engagement: London Branch of Corrosion. Received £2000. Address of payer: Gordon Poole Agency Limited, The Limes, Brockley, Bristol, BS48 3BB. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2009)
Speaking Engagment: Sevenoaks Conservative Association Supper Club. Received a bunch of flowers (value: £25). Address: private. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2009)
Speaking Engagement: Honorarium. Received £1000. Address of payer: Manon Bradley, Major Projects Association, Egrove Park, Kennington, Oxford, OX1 5NY. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2009)
Speaking Engagement. Received a plant basket (value: £35). Address: Mr Matt Collis, IFAW, 87 - 90 Albert Embankment, London, SE1 7UD. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2009)
Speaking Engagement: Dartmoor Preservation Association. Received a bunch of flowers (value: £25). Address: Mr James Paxman, Old Duchy Hotel, Princetown, Devon, PL20 6QF. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2009)
Constituency Engagement: School Prizegiving. Received a bunch of flowers (value: £30). Address: Dr P Limbert, Invicta Grammar School, Huntsman Lane, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5DS. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 18 December 2009)
17 January 2010, received a bottle of whisky (value: £18) for a constituency engagement with Maidstone Mencap. Address: private. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 19 January 2010)
19 January 2010, received payment of £235 for contributing to a BBC Radio 3 documentary, 'Belief'. Address: Rosemary Grundy, BBC Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M60 1SJ. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 19 January 2010)
19 January 2010, received £285 for an appearance on the Alan Titchmarsh Show. Address: Lynsey Wylie, Spun Gold Television Limited, 2nd Floor Tabernacle Court, 16-28 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 1DD. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 19 January 2010)
Address: BBC Contributor Payments, PO Box 480, Manchester, M14 0EL.
Cameo appearance in Dr Who. Hours: 30 mins.
BBC DVD royalties' fee of £34.96 received on 22 January 2010. (Registered 1 February 2010)
BBC DVD royalties' fee of £29.93 received on 25 January 2010. (Registered 1 February 2010)
BBC DVD royalties' fee of £8.99 received on 24 March 2010. (Registered 1 April 2010)
24 March 2010, received £150 for appearing on Radio 4's Any Questions. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 1 April 2010)
4 February 2010, received two pieces of Wedgwood for a speaking engagement. Address: Mr J Prendergast, Stone Conservative Association, 50 High Street, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 8AU. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 22 February 2010)
5 February 2010, received a bottle of champagne for a speaking engagement. Address: Mr S Swann, Bosworth Conservative Association, 10a Priory Walk, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 1HU. Hours: 2.5 hrs. (Registered 22 February 2010)
6 February 2010, received a bunch of flowers for attending a constituency event at the Royal British Legion (Kent). Address: Mr J Walker, c/o Headcorn Village Hall, Church Lane, Headcorn, Kent, TN27 9BR. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 22 February 2010)
7 February 2010, received £1,000 for giving an interview to Associated-Rediffusion Television Productions. Address: private. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 22 February 2010)
8 February 2010, received a bunch of flowers for a speaking engagement. Address: Mrs E Gibb, c/o Selby and Ainsty Conservative Association, 43 Gowthorpe, Selby, YO8 4HE. Hours: 2.5 hrs. (Registered 22 February 2010)
10 February 2010, received a Crabtree and Evelyn Gift Set for a speaking engagement at a Hyman Fine House. Address: Mrs V Stockman c/o Ajex Centre, Palmeira Avenue, Hove, BN3 3GE. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 22 February 2010)
12 February 2010, received a painting for attending a constituency engagement (Sandhurst Conservative Branch AGM). Address: private. Hours: 45 mins. (Registered 22 February 2010)
13 February 2010, received a bottle of brandy for a speaking engagement. Address: Mr S Hume-Kendall, Tunbridge Wells Conservative Association, 84 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 1EA. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 22 February 2010)
14 February 2010, £100 donated to charity for attending a constituency engagement at St Luke's Church, St Luke's House, 16 St Luke's Road, Maidstone, Kent ME14 5AW. Hours: 2.5 hrs. (Registered 22 February 2010)
16 February 2010, received a bottle of whisky for a speaking engagement. Address: Mrs A Brassley, St Thomas Library, Cowick Street, St Thomas, Exeter, Devon, EX4 1AF. Hours: 2.5 hrs. (Registered 22 February 2010)
18 February 2010, received an orchid for a speaking engagement. Address: Mrs A Chapple, c/o The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AF. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 22 February 2010)
25 February 2010, received a bottle of wine for attending a constituency engagement: Maidstone and The Weald Conservative Association AGM. Address: Mrs S Dishman, MWCA, 3 Albion Place, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5DY. Hours: 2.5 hrs. (Registered 7 March 2010)
2 March 2010, received a silver photo frame for attending a dinner held by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pro-Life, given in recognition of 23 years' Membership of the House. Address: APPG Pro Life, c/o The Office of Jim Dobbin MP, The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. (Registered 7 March 2010)
3 March 2010, received a fridge magnet for contributing to a TV programme. Address: BBC, Television Centre, Wood Lane, W12 7RJ. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 7 March 2010)
3 March 2010, received a bottle of whisky for a speaking engagement at Finchley Conservative Association. Address: Finchley & Golders Green Conservatives, 212 Ballards Lane, Finchley, N3 2LX Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 7 March 2010)
4 March 2010, received a basket of preserves and a basket of pansies for a speaking engagement. Address: Mrs K Burgess, c/o St Peter's Hospice, Charlton Road, Brentry, Bristol, BS10 6NL. Hours: 3.5 hrs. (Registered 7 March 2010)
4 March 2010, received £2,000 for a speaking engagement with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. Address of payer: Gordon Poole Agency Limited, The Limes, Brockley, Bristol, BS48 3BB. Hours: 3.5 hrs. (Registered 7 March 2010)
5 March 2010, received a bottle of whisky for a speaking engagement at Hazel Grove Conservative Association. Address: HGCA, 15 Chester Road, Hazel Grove, Stockport, SK7 5NU. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 7 March 2010)
13 March 2010, received a bottle of brandy, a bunch of flowers and a painting for a speaking engagement: Sittingbourne and Sheppey Conservative Association, 14-16 Minster Road, Minster on Sea, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 3JF. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 15 March 2010)
23 March 2010, received a mug and a paperweight (combined value approx £40) at a speaking engagement with South Staffordshire Conservative Association. Address: The Firs, Station Road, Codsall, Wolverhampton, WV8 1BX. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 1 April 2010)
Signing first day covers. Fee of £108 donated to charity. Address: Ms R Fenwick, The Benham Group, Unit K, Concept Court, Shearway Business Park, Folkestone, Kent CT19 4RG. Hours: 30 mins. (Registered 1 April 2010)
25 March 2010, received a shield, vase and flowers (combined value approx £70) for a constituency visit to South East Coast Ambulance Service. Address: SECAmb, Heath Road, Coxheath, Maidstone, ME 17 4BG. (Registered 1 April 2010)
26 March 2010, received chocolates (value: approx £10) for attending a speaking engagement at Rotary Club of Northampton and Inner Wheel. Address: Mr M Stead, c/o St George's Avenue Banqueting Suite, St George's Avenue, Northampton NN2 6JA. (Registered 1 April 2010)
8 April 2010, received a £10 book voucher for a speaking engagement at the Men's Supper Club, Burnham, Kent. Address: private. Hours: 1 hr. (Registered 12 April 2010)
4. Sponsorship or financial or material support
Name of donor: University of Hull
Address of donor: Cottingham Road, Hull HU6 7RX.
Amount of donation or nature and value if donation in kind: a researcher. Hull's politics course includes a year's attachment to a political office.
Date of receipt: September 2009
Date of acceptance: September 2009
Donor status: university
(Registered 27 January 2010)
9. Registrable shareholdings
(a) Merry Monks Editions Limited.

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