One of the people looking forward to Ann’s inclusion is I’m A Celebrity star Iain Lee, who recounted on Good Morning Britain how she could clash with other CBB housemates having previously voted against LGBT rights.
Speaking on the show, Iain said: ‘It’s going to be interesting to see how she gets on with some of the others. I’m a big fan of India and I’m keen to see how those two get on.
‘I’ve met Ann – I think I’ve sworn at Ann because I found her views quite obnoxious, but it will be interesting to see how she gets on with the other housemates.’
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The little quip led GMB host Ben Shephard down a different path, remarking: ‘Maybe we should get you in there.’
Ann’s inclusion in the show has equally troubled viewers, keen to remind others of her past political history.
Not Ann Widdecombe.
She’s not a panto villain. She possesses some really vile views.#CBB
— Rob Holley (@robholley) January 2, 2018
Slightly perturbed to see some fawning over Ann Widdecombe on #CBB#CelebrityBigBrother. Just a reminder she opposed every major piece of legislation to advance #LGBT equality when she was an MP and a Government Minister.
— colin macfarlane (@Cmacf76) January 2, 2018
Ann Widdecombe voted against or avoided voting on all LGBT equality legislation. So she may have championed women, but not all of them. She’s not adorable, she’s awful. #CBB
— David Morgan (@thisisdavid) January 2, 2018
This year’s Celebrity Big Brother sees a wide mix of housemates, including Amanda Barrie, India Willoughby and Ashley James.
You can catch Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 5 at 9pm.