Women in Power: Lunch with Ann Widdecombe

From Parliament to the Paso Doble

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Date: 10/05/2019 | Time: 12:00

To honour the centenary of Nancy Astor being the first female MP to take her seat in Parliament, we will be holding a series of Women in Power Lunches beginning with none other than Ann Widdecombe, who herself became a Member of Parliament in 1987.

Outspoken and controversial, Ann Widdecombe is one of the most high-profile politicians of recent times. A self-confessed "grumpy old woman", she is never afraid to speak her mind nor short of an opinion.

Having become an MP 68 years after Nancy Astor paved the way, she was Minister of State for Employment and Minister of State for Prisons in John Major's government. In opposition she held the posts of Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary before retiring at the 2010 General Election. 

Never one to do the expected, what she did next was surprising even by her standards. At the age of 63 Ann became the oldest contestant ever on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing and, despite never being a favourite with the judges, continually defied the odds with her dance partner Anton Du Beke, surviving 10 weeks into the competition. Her comedy-inflected routines showed a self-deprecating sense of humour and won her legions of fans.

As she once said on The Graham Norton Show, "you only get one shot at life," and Ann is certainly making the most of hers!

Join us at Cliveden for this special lunch in The French Dining Room and delight in a wonderful talk from our guest of honour, discussing everything from her career in politics to her not-so-quiet "retirement". After lunch there will also be a Q&A hosted by Penny Mountbatten.

Including a Champagne reception and a two-course dinner with wine followed by tea/coffee and bonbons.

Ticket Price:
£115 per person | 10% discount for Cliveden Club Members

Dress code: smart casual

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Subject to availability. Must be booked in advance. 

Please note that we can cater for all dietary requirements with prior notice, including dairy free, gluten free, vegan and more. Please specify at the time of booking.