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Ann Widdecombe: being a Big Brother finalist is 'endorsement of free speech'

by Eno Adeogun

The retired MP missed being crowned the winner of the reality show after the RuPaul's Drag Race star Courtney - real name Shane Janek, was announced as the winner on Friday.

In her post-eviction interview with host Emma Willis, Widdecombe was asked about the disagreements she had with Janek and if the confrontations gave her 'food for thought'.


Widdecombe replied: "No. Look you don't reason yourself to a position over a long number of years, and then suddenly in the course of a couple of conversation decide 'oh I've got that wrong'.

"What I'm pleased about coming second is, is what an endorsement of free speech. Because whether people agreed with me or not is not the point. I exercised my freedom to say what is unfashionable."

During her time as an MP, the 70-year-old voted against every pro-LGBT legislation.

She had previously revealed in the diary room that she was shocked to be a finalist as she was a "pensioner and a defender of the unborn and traditional marriage and the Roman Catholic Church".

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Pressed further by Willis on whether her views were likely to change in the future, Widdecombe gave the host some interviewing tips.

"No change,"' she said. "You could try a different line of questioning and you might get a different response. But if you stick with this you're going to get no no no."

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