MPs after office: Ann Widdecombe and Matthew Parris
27 February 2012 Last updated at 14:21 GMT
What happens to MPs after their time in the spotlight - and how should they make a comeback to the spotlight if they really want one?
David Thompson spoke to former Tory MPs Ann Widdecombe and Matthew Parris.
It was followed by a Daily Politics debate with Neil Hamilton and Martin Salter