Free public lecture by Ann Widdecombe on 'Faith and Politics'
Please note that this lecture is completely sold out and there will be no tickets available on the door. Entry to this lecture is by ticket only - you must bring a print-out of the University's e-mail reply with you.
The Provost Derek Hole Public Lecture is an annual free lecture by a notable figure on an aspect of faith. The 2011 lecture will be delivered on 26 October by the Rt.Hon. Ann Widdecombe* who will speak on the topic of ‘Faith and Politics’.
Ann Widdecombe was educated at Birmingham and Oxford Universities, serving as Secretary and Treasurer of the Oxford Union. In 1987, she was elected Conservative MP for Maidstone, a seat that she held until her retirement from politics in 2010.
In John Major’s administration she served as Employment Secretary, Employment Minister and Home Office Minister with responsibility for prisons and immigrations. After Labour came to power she held the posts of Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary.
In recent years, Ms Widdecombe has worked extensively as a writer, including four novels and a regular column in the Daily Express, and has made frequent appearances on television. As well as her much-discussed appearance on Strictly Come Dancing, she has presented The Widdecombe Project, Ann Widdecombe Versus and Ann Widdecombe to the Rescue. She has also twice hosted Have I Got News For You and appeared as herself in a 2007 episode of Doctor Who.
The Provost Derek Hole Lecture 2011 will be held in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building South Wing, at 5.30pm on Wednesday 26 October. Entry is free but by ticket only. To apply for an e-ticket, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Maximum of two tickets per application.
Derek Hole was Vicar of the Church of St James the Greater in Leicester, close to the University of Leicester campus, 1973-1992 and then served as Provost of Leicester Cathedral 1992-1999. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University in 2005.
*Although she is no longer an MP, Ms Widdecombe retains the title ‘Right Honourable’ because, as a former Cabinet Minister, she is a lifetime member of the Privy Council. Technically she is the Rt.Hon. Ann Widdecombe PC.