Widdecombe sues `Express'
Saturday 28 August 1999
Ms Widdecombe, the Shadow Home Secretary, confirmed that she had started legal action for compensation against the newspaper for failing to give her proper notice of their intention to dispense with her column.
Tory officials claimed that the paper was acting on the orders of Downing Street to shut her up after her success in keeping up political attacks on the Government over asylum-seekers, clashes in Dover, and Jack Straw, the Home Secretary's handling of the crisis.
They said Ms Widdecombe had a "blazing row" with Rosie Boycott, the editor-in-chief of the Sunday Express and its daily newspaper stable-mate, about her use of the column to attack "hypocrite Blair".
Ms Boycott, a former editor of The Independent, refused to publish an attack on Mr Blair over "scrounging" his holiday in Italy. At the weekend, after Ms Widdecombe gave her views to another newspaper, her literary agent received a call saying that her services were no longer required. She was told that her column had "changed for the worse" and she had used it as a platform to attack Labour.
Express Newspapers said last night: "Due to the increasing demands on her time it was felt inappropriate for Ann Widdecombe to continue her weekly column ... The idea that the decision was taken on political grounds is ludicrous. Ann was a member of the Tory party when we hired her. We knew her politics then - they haven't changed, but the quality of her column has."
Beijing shuts down thousands of websites in online pornography purge
LAPD releases haunting crime scene photos from its archives
Peaches Geldof funeral: Bob Geldof leads tributes at emotional service in same church she married husband Thomas Cohen and mother Paula Yates was buried
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge photographed with Prince George off-duty may spark privacy row
Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Concerns grow among search officials that missing jet ‘may have landed somewhere else’
Ukip election posters: Nigel Farage defends 'racist' campaign anti-immigration campaign ahead of Europe elections
Is Britain really a land of God? Furious debate after David Cameron claims we are a Christian country
An open letter to Nigel Farage: you may smile, but I am not seduced
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
David Cameron's constituency office calls police on food bank campaigners Bishop of Oxford and Reverend Keith Hebden
Ukip leader Nigel Farage defends employing German wife, at launch of anti-immigration poster campaign
- 1 David Cameron's constituency office calls police on food bank campaigners Bishop of Oxford and Reverend Keith Hebden
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Women take on Bear Grylls over 'sexist' male-only desert island show
- 4 Ultra-Orthodox Jews are resisting new laws which force them to join the army
- 5 Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Concerns grow among search officials that missing jet ‘may have landed somewhere else’
£55000 - £62000 per annum + outstanding benefits and bonus: Pro-Recruitment Gr...
£120 per day: Randstad Education Luton: Reception teacher required for an Outs...
£35000 - £45000 per annum + excellent company benefits : Pro-Recruitment Group...
£90 - £130 per day: Randstad Education Preston: The Job We are currently recr...