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Widdecombe hounded from festival

Issue No. 1712

Widdecombe hounded from festival

SHADOW HOME secretary Ann Widdecombe was hounded by angry protesters when she visited the Edinburgh Book Festival last Saturday. Some 100 protesters, enraged by her attitude to asylum seekers, joined the protest.

They heckled Widdecombe throughout the reading from her new novel, chanting, "Jail the racists, not the refugees," and, "Refugees are welcome. Widdecombe is not." After the reading ended protesters surrounded the Tory MP's group and she was forced to leave the marquee by a back entrance.

When Widdecombe's taxi got caught in a traffic jam protesters surrounded the vehicle, but some people were then arrested by the police. Bill Scott, spokesperson for the Refugees are Welcome Here campaign which organised the protest, said, "We thought it was really ironic that Amnesty International have a workshop here on imprisoned writers and if Ann Widdecombe had her way they would all be thrown into jail."

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Sat 2 Sep 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1712
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