The politician on writing a book inspired by Strictly and how she'd spend her perfect weekend

Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe wrote a book inspired by her time on Strictly © REX Shutterstock

Ann Widdecombe made a name for herself as a Conservative Party politician.

She’s written a number of books since 2000, including one titled The Dancing Detective.

In 2010 she appeared on BBC show Strictly Come Dancing where she was partnered with Anton Du Beke. The pair were booted off in the tenth episode of the series.

How do you like your tea?

Black, accompanied by some digestive biscuits.

Who would you most like to have a cup of tea with?

The current pope, Pope Francis.

Tell us a bit about your book, The Dancing Detective.

It’s set against the backdrop of a TV dance competition and was inspired by Strictly Come Dancing.

It’s a traditional detective story, and one of the main characters is called Anton (though he’s entirely fictional!).

And you’ve dedicated it to Anton du Beke and Craig Revel Horwood…

I have. I think they’re quite amused by that. There were no whodunnits during my time on Strictly, though I’m sure Anton would say it was murder trying to teach me!

Do you still dance in your spare time?
Don’t be ridiculous… I was never dancing in the first place!

Have you always enjoyed your writing?

I’ve always scribbled, and the great joy of retirement is that I’ve now got time to do so much more.

I love sitting at my writing desk gazing out at the beautiful view of Dartmoor.

How would you spend an ideal Saturday?

I’d read the papers in bed over a cup of coffee before getting up for a walk on Dartmoor.

I’d then come home and collapse – and perhaps have a gin and tonic in my garden – before settling down to watch an old film before bed.

What would you say is your worst habit?

A guilty late-night snack!

The Dancing Detective by A. N. Widdecombe is published as an ebook, £3.60, and in paperback, £6.99, by Amazon