Video re-emerges of Ann Widdecombe telling Tories to stop obsessing about Europe
- Credit: Archant
A video has re-emerged of the former Conservative minister and Brexit Party MEP telling the Tories to stop obsessing about Europe.
Speaking in a report from the BBC's Michael Crick, she said: "Well the one thing I don't want us to do is to get bogged down in Europe.
"I think we have overplayed the Europe issue.
"Strands of the party have become obsessed by Europe.
"We are not in charge of the European agenda for the next five years, I think it's time now that we looked on those sorts of policies which the people expect to hear from us.
You may also want to watch:
"Which is good sound economic policies, caring policies, but also the imagination which Ken Clarke showed when he reformed the NHS, when he reformed education. Real new ideas, let's have that."
The clip was part of a 1997 report on the Tory leadership contest in which William Hague was elected leader shortly after the party's defeat in the general election.
- 1 US election result could spark 'end of Brexit', claims peer
- 2 Brexiteer says EU 'spiteful' to end fast-track lanes for Brits after Brexit
- 3 STAR TURNS: Bond star haunted by school tragedy
- 4 'Assorted caviar' and 'board games' - Gifts confiscated from Boris Johnson due to anti-corruption laws
- 5 Boris Johnson 'hid in bedroom' to avoid grilling on Brexit stance days before becoming PM
- 6 Nigel Farage places £10,000 bet on Donald Trump to win second White House term
- 7 Brexit shambles: A stress of our own making
- 8 Farage says he can dodge US travel ban because he's a 'journalist'
- 9 Question Time: Tory minister told 'diverse' cabinet doesn't erase race issues in party
- 10 Boris Johnson warned majority will be 'wiped out' over treatment towards north of England
In the election Widdecombe backed pro-European candidate Ken Clarke, but he was defeated by William Hague.
It is a far cry from modern day Widdecombe, who ditched the Conservative Party for a party that has the sole purpose of leaving the European Union, and which did not even promote a manifesto. A move that was supported by Widdecombe ahead of the European elections.She was criticised for her first speech in the European parliament where she compared the Brexiteers' fight to slaves fighting against their owners.
She told MEPs: "If I needed any convincing at all that the best thing for Britain is to leave here as soon as possible, it was the way those elections were conducted yesterday.
"If that is this place's idea of democracy, that is a serious betrayal of every country that is represented here."
"That is just one of many reasons why Britain is right to be leaving this place, hopefully on Halloween.
"It is right because there is pattern consistent throughout the history of oppressed people turning on the oppressors. Slaves against their owners, the peasantry against the feudal barons. Colonies, Mr Verhofstadt, against their empires and that is why Britain is leaving."
MORE: Ann Widdecombe given European parliament locker she can't reachMORE: Lib Dem MEP applauded for telling parliament that Brexit is not inevitableCritics of her speech included Labour MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, who tweeted: "It is disgusting that Ann Widdecombe would reference slavery and colonisation to describe our relationship with the EU. Her and Farage are bankrolled by elites - she's part of the establishment which has created such a divide in this country."
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.