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Widdy's star turn in half empty room

Widdy's star turn in half empty room

To the Town Hall, for the Coalition for Marriage's heavily trailed rally. The venue was far from full - CfM's Colin Hart claimed they could have filled it three times over, so the many empty spaces were puzzling. Mr Hart said they had left space for Tory delegates, so the only conclusion is that not as many turned up as they would have hoped. Ann Widdecombe, introduced as "Strictly Come Dancing Star and former Cabinet minister", was the star turn. MPs were thin on the ground. Apart from David Burrowes, who was on the platform, the only other parliamentarian Dot spotted was Gerald Howarth, who was sitting with Amanda Platell of the Daily Mail. In any case, all attendees were greeted by a small but vocal band of protesters, who chanted "Tory scum out of our Brum" and other accusations that the whole party is made up of bigots.