Ann Widdecombe is standing down at the next election. So that's why Iain Dale was so compliant to Grant Shapps during the Ealing/Southall by-election. Joke.
More interestingly, Widdecombe turned down an offer from Sony to star in an advert with Alice Cooper where he would have appeared in a state of marital bliss with Miss Widdecombe.
It appears that Widdecombe turned her nose up at this prospect. Shame. Cooper is a committed Christain like Widdecombe, and the advert sounds as though it would have been hugely entertaining, in sharp contrast to the rest of Miss Widdecombe's celebrity output.