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'Fight liberal tyranny': Catholic politician Ann Widdecombe hits back after her show is axed

Sat 08 Jun 2019
By Eno Adeogun

Ann Widdecombe has accused theatre bosses of "denying free speech" after comments she made about science and sexuality led to her upcoming one-woman show being cancelled.

The recently elected Brexit Party MEP suggested in a Sky News interview that science might one day "produce an answer" to helping people with unwanted same sex attraction.

"The fact that we think it is now quite impossible for people to switch sexuality doesn't mean that science might not be able to produce an answer at some stage," the Catholic politician explained.

 

The Penlee Open Air Theatre in Penzance, the Electric Theatre in Guildford and the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe have axed tour dates for the 'Strictly Ann show' that had already began selling tickets.

David Hutchinson, who runs the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe, said on Twitter he was "absolutely disgusted" by her comments.

 

Widdecombe, who was defended by fellow Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, said she stood by her comments but they had been "distorted" on social media.

"I'm disappointed that the people who bought the tickets are now finding that they can't have that fun after all," she told the BBC.

"This is now the grip that I call the liberal tyranny and I think we have got to fight it."

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