There will be something coming out within minutes. Things aren’t looking too good for the National Bullying Helpline.
(Still nothing on PA – Widdecombe’s staff were busy writing when I last called them).
This only leaves Mz Bratt (pictured), an electro-grime star, as a patron. I don’t have her mobile to hand to see if she’s joining the exodus.
UPDATE: Here are Widdecombe’s comments on PA, published a few minutes ago:
Ann Widdecombe said she was concerned that National Bullying Helpline founder Christine Pratt had betrayed confidences by disclosing it had received calls from Number 10 staff.
However, the Maidstone and the Weald MP delivered a rebuke to the Government as she announced her departure, saying its reaction “gives a great deal of credibility to those who say it is a bullying institution”.
“They have ganged up in the crudest possible way and wielded every last drop of theirpoisonous power in responding to these allegations,” she said.
Mz Bratt says she was never a patron in the first place