Ann Widdecombe, 71, quits the Tories and defects to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party

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ANN Widdecombe has sensationally quit the Tories and defected to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party.

The ex-minister, 71, has been a member of the Conservative party for 55 years, but has put her retirement on hold to “campaign vigorously” for the upcoming European elections.

Ann Widdecombe has sensationally quit the Tories and defected to Nigel Farage's Brexit Party
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Ann Widdecombe has sensationally quit the Tories and defected to Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party[/caption]

It will be a return to frontline politics for the former Tory grandee, who served as the shadow home secretary from 1999 to 2001.

Ms Widdecombe is now joining Farage’s fledgling party on a mandate to hurry up and get Britain out of the EU.

“The public needs to send a very clear message and that is we expect the vote to be respected so just get on with the job of getting us out of the EU,” she told the Express.

“If I am elected in Brussels my message to (Jean-Claude) Juncker and company will be very simple, very loud and very clear. Nous allons (we go).”

Ms Widdecombe was earlier rumoured to be considering leaving the party after she campaigned hard for Brexit.

She was appalled by the failure to deliver on the Article 50 commitment to leave on March 29.

Earlier this month Ms Widdecombe branded Theresa May the worst Prime Minister since Anthony Eden.

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