Ann Widdecombe backs X Factor-style council contest

Ann Widdecombe supports the 'Run MCC for a Day' contest

Ann Widdecombe supports our ‘Run MCC for a Day’ contest

We would like to thank Ann Widdecombe, the former MP and Strictly Come Dancing Star, for supporting Monmouthshire County Council’s “Run MCC For a Day” competition.

Ms Widdecombe agreed to join the judging panel for what is set to become the first contest of its kind in Britain.

Children from across Monmouthshire will have the “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to get “up close and personal” with local politics by acting as the authority’s ‘temporary Chief Executive’.

Ms Widdecombe’s appointment, under wraps until today, completes the four-strong panel, which also includes David Davies MP, Monmouthshire leader Cllr Peter Fox and bestselling YA author Lucy Christopher.

The development has already featured in regional media across South Wales, and today appears on the South West News Service website, a platform which attracts more than 500,000 visitors per month.

Speaking last month, Ms Widdecome, an MP 23 years and the former Shadow Home Secretary, said: “It is with great pleasure that I have joined the Run MCC for a Day judging panel and I look forward to working with David, Peter and Lucy in this regard.

“The views of young people are often ignored and, moreover, they are seldom given the chance to engage in local politics on a practical level.

“This contest not only represents an exciting new way for young people to learn about the political system but will also, I hope, enable youngsters across the county of Monmouthshire to get up close and personal with those in the corridors of power and make their voices heard.”

For more information about the Run MCC For a Day Competition, and for interviews with Ann Widdecombe and Monmouthshire County Council, call Anthony Harvison at Palamedes PR on 0203 1027935.

By Mick Blight