• Former MP Ann is Anton du Beke's flexible friend as she limbers up for dance challenge

    There's no doubt she's giving it her best effort. Just look at pictures of Ann Widdecombe gamely copying Anton Du Beke's pose, with her leg raised to the barre, during training for Strictly Come Dancing, the new series of which gets underway on October 1.  Despite her initial enthusiasm for the new challenge, the former MP has revealed she almost quit the show – after just two hours. "In those first two hours at the Royal Academy of Dance I came as close to walking away from a contract as I have ever come," said Ann, who is currently writing her