Britain had become a laughing stock - I HAD to leave my beloved Tory Party says Widdecombe

FORMER Tory minister Ann Widdecombe said she was forced to leave the Conservative Party when her beloved Britain became an “international laughing stock”.

Ms Widdecombe defected from the Tories to join Nigel Farage’s fledgling Brexit Part and was duly elected as an MEP for South West England. She made her mark on Strasbourg when she delivered an excoriating maiden speech to the European Parliament in which she likened Brexit to the emancipation of slaves. 

The country became an international laughing stock

Ann Widdecombe

She has now revealed the frustration which led her to join quit the Tories after 55 years and join the Brexit Party.

She said: “It is normal to be unhappy with the direction of one’s party from time to the.

“Some Tory MPs did not like Thatcher and some did not like Major."

Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe has revealed why she left the Conservative Party (Image: GETTY)

Ms Widdecombe continued: “I hate the direction that Cameron took the Conservatives in and his seeming contempt for the party workers. It was all about image rather than substance.

“Yet none of that would have made me leave. As far as I was concerned the Conservative Party, however imperfect, stood for individual liberty and a small state and to have given allegiance elsewhere was unthinkable.

“After the referendum part it all seemed clear: we were leaving the EU.

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Ann Widdecombe tears strips of Euro MPs in Strasbourg (Image: GETTY)

Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe teamed up with Nigel Farage after Britain 'became a laughing stock' (Image: GETTY)

“Then Theresa May, the most inept Prime Minister in my lifetime, threw away the Conservative majority and spent the next two years on her knees to the EU and utterly at sea in Parliament.

“Corbyn, despite having promised to honour the referendum result, took full advantage of the Government’s disarray to frustrate democracy.

“The Speaker showed blatant bias and the country became an international laughing stock. I knew something had to change.

Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe described Theresa May as the 'most inept Prime Minister in my lifetime' (Image: GETTY)

“It’s hard changing parties. You feel you have let down all those who pounded the streets for you, your former colleagues in Parliament, the expectation of friends.

“But it is better than letting down Britain.”

Ms Widdecombe’s comments came after Mr Farage named his price for an election pact with Boris Johnson and called for the Tories to stand aside to give his Brexit Party a clear run in 90 constituencies.

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Mr Farage said: “Many Leave-voting seats in the North, the Midlands and Wales are now ‘represented’ by Remain-backing Labour MPs.

“The Brexit Party is in by far the strongest position to defeat them - especially if the Tories stand down.

“A non-aggression pact would let us concentrate our fire on the Remainer establishment.

Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe said changing parties was better than letting down Britain (Image: GETTY)

“Unstoppable together, we would deliver a large Brexit majority in Parliament.

“But for this to happen, Boris must back a clean-break Brexit. If he tries to recycle the rotten withdrawal agreement we are ready to stand in every seat.”