Ann and Anton du Beke – Bupa’s Global Challenge

Former politician and GPA client Ann Widdecombe and professional ballroom dancer Anton du Beke are stepping out to help thousands of older people in care homes waltz, tango or jive their way to better health.

Ann and Anton joined Bupa care home residents, their families and care workers at London’s National Theatre to launch ‘Shall We Dance’, an international initiative to encourage dancing among older people as a way of achieving a healthier old age.

Ann was born on 4th October 1947 in Bath, Somerset. The daughter of James Widdecombe CB/OBE and Mrs Rita Widdecombe. Her father’s occupation was Head of Naval Supplies & Transport, Ministry of Defence.

She was educated at the Royal Naval School Singapore, La Sainte Union Convent Bath, Birmingham University (BA Hons Latin) and Oxford University (BA Hons Politics, Philosophy and Economics) LMH MA 1976.

She worked in marketing at Unilever from 1973 to 1975 and was Senior Administrator at London University from 1975 to 1987.

From 1987 to 2010 she was the Member of Parliament for Maidstone which became Maidstone and The Weald in 1997.

Ann Widdecombe is available for Speaking Engagements and Media Projects.

For more information on Ann, please visit Ann Widdecombe’s profile page.