Peter Hoskin

Ann Widdecombe to run for the Speakership

Ann Widdecombe to run for the Speakership
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There have been strong rumblings throughout the day, but now ConHome have confirmed it:  Ann Widdecombe will run for the Speakership.  The big problem, of course, is that she's standing down as an MP at the next election - so she'd only be an interim Speaker - and I'm not sure either the public or Parliament have the appetite for a temporary fix to the problem.  Still, her natural popularity should ensure she picks up some support among those who think its rightfully time for a Tory.