FORMER MP and reality TV star Edwina Currie was guest speaker at a sell-out Saddleworth WI charity afternoon tea at the White Hart in Lydgate.

She held more than 130 guest captivated with a talk “Lies, Damn Lies and Politicians” which was peppered with insights from her time in politics and high profile headlines she attracted at the height of her career.

During her time in government she introduced cancer screening for women and the first AIDS campaign. The furore around her comments about salmonella in eggs brought about changes resulting in the UK now having the safest eggs in the world.

She donated her fee to Tideswell Male Voice Choir of which her husband John Jones is a member and she is president. Her diaries at the time of publishing, had been called “the best record of a woman’s experience in parliament”.

Edwina brought copies of the book to sell and sign and sold out within minutes.

In the 20 years since leaving politics she’s been a regular reality TV star, notably Hell’s Kitchen, I’m a Celebrity, Strictly come Dancing, Wife Swap and Family Fortunes. She’s won Celebrity Pointless with Diane Abbott MP and Celebrity Mastermind twice.