'Faith and Politics' - by Ann Widdecombe

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Former Shadow Home Secretary to give free public lecture at University of Leicester on 26 October 2011
'Faith and Politics' - by Ann Widdecombe

The Rt.Hon. Ann Widdecombe.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 19 September 2011

Former Employment and Home Office Minster Ann Widdecombe is to discuss Faith and Politics at a free public lecture at the University of Leicester on 26 October.

The Provost Derek Hole Public Lecture is an annual free lecture by a notable figure on an aspect of faith.

Ms Widdecombe’s lecture will  look at the role of faith in politics.

Ann Widdecombe said: “Today faith often gets a bad press but I believe it enhances public life and gives a moral direction to politics.”

Ms Widdecombe, who served as Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary when Labour came into power after John Major’s administration, was Conservative MP for Maidstone, a seat she held until her retirement from politics in 2010.

Educated at Birmingham and Oxford Universities, she served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Oxford Union. 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 a.widdecombe@le.ac.uk

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.

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