Former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe to stand as Brexit Party candidate for South West in forthcoming Euro elections

By Ben Fitzgerald - 24 April 2019

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Ann Widdecombe, the former Conservative MP is set to stand as a candidate in the forthcoming European elections - for Nigel Farage’s newly established Brexit Party.

The 71-year-old former shadow home secretary, who retired in 2010, will be campaigning to represent the South West region which includes Swindon and Wiltshire.

She explained: "Britain is an international laughing stock. Parliament is beyond parody, and the whole nation is fed up to the back teeth and just wants a resolution.

"I believe that if the Brexit Party can make enormous gains in the European elections and win overwhelmingly, that will send shockwaves - both in Labour heartlands and in Tory shires.

"It will make MPs rethink what they are doing as it will be a big reaffirmation of the people's vote."

The European Parliamentary elections are expected to take place in the UK on 23 May - if the UK has not left the EU by that date. The UK has been granted a Brexit extension until 31 October, meaning participation on 23 May looks likely.

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