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8 September 2010updated 27 Sep 2015 2:14am

Ann Widdecombe confirmed as guest on Strictly

Having turned down the role of ambassador to the Vatican, the ex-MP will appear on the ballroom danc

By Samira Shackle

Forget the phone-hacking scandal and the Lib Dem party conference. The news we’ve all been waiting for has broken: it has been confirmed that Ann Widdecombe will appear on the next series of the BBC’s primetime show Strictly Come Dancing.

This follows weeks of speculation (seriously) since the Daily Mail first reported the story in July.

As my colleague Caroline Crampton noted in July, Widdecombe recently turned down the post of UK ambassador to Rome, because she had had an operation for a detached retina.

Strictly‘s audience will be glad to hear that this will not stop her from taking to the dancefloor. Her moves are eagerly anticipated.

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