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GB News: Widdecombe claims Tory Party is 'unrecognisable' and slams Sunak and Truss

Ann Widdecombe, who served as the Tory MP for Maidstone & The Weald between 1987 and 2010, joined GB News yesterday to discuss the current state of the Conservative Party. Ms Widdecombe told Mark Dolan why she thought the Tory Party was now “unrecognisable” compared to the days of Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill.

Speaking during the ‘Big Question’ segment yesterday, the 74-year-old said: “The party is unrecognisable, I don’t recognise this as the Party of Thatcher never mind Churchill and never mind going back in history.

“For all sorts of reasons, I think you’ve got an awful lot of second-rate people in Parliament.

“Now I don’t think that Liz [Truss] and Rishi [Sunak] are second-rate parliamentarians but nor do I think that they stand out, at the moment, as the sort of people that we will be talking about to our grandchildren in 30 years time or whatever it might be.

“I think you’re absolutely right about the party.

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“I think the standard of parliamentarians is poor.”

But Ms Widdecombe, who was elected as an MEP for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in 2019, also provided some insight into why she thinks the standard has dropped.

John Major’s former Prisons Minister claimed: “I think a lot of that has been this wretched quota business.

“The Labour Party had all-women shortlists, we have the A-List.

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Speaking about her decision to defect in 2019, Ms Widdecombe said: “The whole nation is fed up to the back teeth and just wants a resolution.”

However, Ms Widdecombe’s comments on GB News come as Mr Sunak and Ms Truss prepare to take to the stage at a hustings event in Darlington on August 9.

The race to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister is set to conclude on September 5 after around 160,000 Tory members decide who will have the keys to Number 10.



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