Ex MP at fundraiser

Ann Widdecome signing books in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care and Help For Heroes with event organiser Angela Oates.
Ann Widdecome signing books in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care and Help For Heroes with event organiser Angela Oates.
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A Matlock fundraiser teamed up with celebrity dancer and former MP Ann Widdecombe to raise funds for charity.

Angela Oates, who has raised thousands of pounds for Marie Curie Cancer Care, organised the event at Casa Hotel in Chesterfield.

More than £12,000 was raised which will be split between Marie Curie and Help for Heroes.

As part of the fundraiser, Ann Widdecombe, 64, gave a talk and answered some questions from the public, including what her views was on the current tax system and if she had more fun being blonde.

“Not really, but I did notice men talked to me much... more... slowly,” she laughed.

The Strictly star, who appeared in the dancing show last year, said: “It went extremely well, we raised a lot of money.”

Mrs Oates said: “I think it went really well. I wrote to her last December and she accepted to come.”