Sunday, 3 Jul 2022

How sick Mick Philpott 'revealed his true nature' to MP Ann Widdecombe

How sick Mick Philpott ‘revealed his true nature’ when he towered over MP Ann Widdecombe and hurled abuse at her on TV show five years before he torched his home killing his six children in horrific bid to get a bigger council house

  • Mick Philpott killed six of his children in a house fire in May 2012 in a twisted attempt to get a bigger council house, and was jailed for life in April 2013
  • In 2007 Ann Widdecombe met Philpott for ITV programme on benefits culture
  • Convicted killer calls the MP a ‘b**** after she calls him a coward for not working

This is the frightening moment that Mick Philpott, who was jailed for the deaths of six of his children who he killed in a fire to get a better council house, became aggressive to an MP on camera to reveal his wicked nature.

A clip from a new documentary on the 66-year-old convicted killer Mick Philpott looks at the moment Ann Widdecombe, who at the time was the MP for Maidstone and The Weald, met him in 2007 for her ITV programme Ann Widdecombe Versus The Benefit Culture.

The former social security minister was in a local pub with Philpott as she pressed him on why he would not work rather than using his children as ‘meal tickets’.

At one point during their interactions in the pub, Widdecombe, who was 59 at the time and smaller in stature to an aggressive Philpott, she calls him a coward.

Philpott stands up suddenly to get in Widdecombe’s face, saying, ‘Let’s see who’s a coward b****, let’s f****** move it,’ pointing his finger before he storms off camera.

In May 2012 Michael ‘Shameless Mick’ Philpott set fire to his house with six of his children still inside. After campaigning for years, it was an extreme plot that he invented to get a larger house from the council.

Philpott had planned to run in and rescue his children. But the plan backfired, with the fire killing all six children inside the property.

He tried to cover up what had really happened and even went as far as addressing TV cameras in a press conference, presenting himself as a hero who tried to fight through the flames to save his children.

The six Philpott children – Duwayne, 13, his sister, Jade, 10, and their brothers, John, nine, Jack, eight, Jesse, six and Jayden, five, all died from the effects of smoke inhalation after fire swept through their home on Victory Road, Allenton. 

But he was jailed for life in April 2013 after killing six of his children in a fire at their home in Derby.

He and hatched a plan with wife Mairead and friend Paul Mosley to incriminate her while posing as a hero who saved his children. 

His wife Mairead and family friend Paul Mosley were jailed for 17 years. The trio had been convicted of six counts of manslaughter. 

This is the frightening moment that Mick Philpott, who was jailed for the deaths of six of his children who he killed in a fire to get a better council house, became aggressive towards Ann Widdecombe

A clip from a new documentary on the 66-year-old convicted killer Mick Philpott looks at the moment Ann Widdecombe, who at the time was the MP for Maidstone and The Weald, met him in 2007 for her ITV programme Ann Widdecombe Versus The Benefit Culture

At one point during their interactions in the pub, Widdecombe calls him a coward. Philpott stands up suddenly to get in Widdecombe’s face, saying, ‘Let’s see who’s a coward b****, let’s f****** move it,’ pointing his finger before he storms off camera

Philpott’s live-in mistress, had left the family home with her four children a few months before the fire, and a custody hearing over the children was scheduled to take place on the morning of the fire.

Speaking to the BBC in 2013 on the week Mick and Mairead were sentenced for the children’s murders, Ann Widdecombe said: ‘He was very controlling of the women, extremely manipulative of the system, he was not at all a pleasant character.’

And on the court case that was unfolding at the time, she added: ‘I’m appalled by the whole situation but everything that has emerged is consistent with the Mick Philpott that I very briefly knew during the course of that week.

‘I have no doubt that he used his children as meal tickets, and the fact that he didn’t work was owing to a state system which allowed him not to, but none of that explains the wickedness which governed his previous actions which led to his actions towards women, and which led to his extremely reckless act.’

Experts take a closer look at the 2007 clip in new documentary, Mick Philpott: A Faking It Special on discovery+.

Experts take a closer look at the 2007 clip (pictured) in new documentary, Mick Philpott: A Faking It Special on discovery+

Body language expert Dr Cliff Lansley, a doctor in emotional intelligence, looked at Philpott in another interaction with Widdecombe who repeatedly tells him, ‘Get a job’

Body language expert Dr Cliff Lansley, a doctor in emotional intelligence, looked at Philpott in another interaction with Widdecombe who repeatedly tells him, ‘Get a job’.

‘He’s not got the logic to argue the fact that he’s living in a household with a lot of children with a wife and a girlfriend, both of whom work, and therefore his job is trying to look after the children. He’s trying to get that through but she’s not hearing that,’ Dr Lansley said.

‘We see on his face that there’s a movement of his upper lip, it creates a horseshoe on the face, and when this lip raises that is a reliable indicator of disgust. So he’s disgusted by what the is hearing but he is unable to counter it.’

And on the moment it looked as though Philpott was going to hit the MP in their interactions at the pub, he added: ‘The lips close, the foot comes off the leg and he’s up within a second. So we know the trigger is the word ‘coward’.’

Forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes said of the aggression from Philpott: ‘You’ve got Ann Widdecombe who is diminutive in stature, an older woman, but she’s got an opinion and she is going to express it. This is not something that he is used to at all.’

In May 2012 Michael ‘Shameless Mick’ Philpott set fire to his house with six of his children still inside. After campaigning for years, it was an extreme plot that he invented to get a larger house from the council. Pictured with wife Mairead who was in on the plot

She added: ‘I believe that he wanted to assault her, this is how he deals with the women in his life. This is how he solves the problem of a woman talking back to him or challenging him in any way and he’s not used to it.’

Widdecombe admitted she feared the conversation would end in Philpott attacking her. ‘I really thought he was going to hit me,’ she says bluntly. 

Even before the devastating fire took place, Mick Philpott was well known across the UK as the poster boy of benefits Britain and was dubbed a ‘benefits scrounger’. 

Philpott was living off £50k a year on benefits having fathered 11 children and was shameless in his media appearances defending his campaign for a bigger house. 

In Ann Widdecombe’s documentary, she recalled: ‘He was known to be shameless and very willing to talk openly about it.

‘He kept a wife and a mistress, he had one child by each per year, pretty well. There were 11 children living in a three-bedroom council house.’

Philpott’s attitudes towards women would also be revealed during the investigation following the fire. 

The six Philpott children, pictured clockwise from top left, John, nine, Duwayne, 13,  Jade, 10, Jayden, five, Jesse, six, and Jack, seven, all died from the effects of smoke inhalation after fire swept through their home on Victory Road, Allenton

‘When he was in his early 20s, he was in the army, he had a girlfriend back in Derby. There was one time where he attacked her,’ local journalist Martin Naylor reveals. 

‘Another time he broke into her house and stabbed her repeatedly. When her mother tried to intervene, he stabbed her mother repeatedly as well and he was convicted of attempted murder.’  

In the aftermath of the fire, Philpott’s neighbour, Paul Mosely – who knew what had really happened – began to worry about being found out. 

Philpott used his wife Mairead to keep Mosely quiet. ‘In order to placate him, Philpott suggests that Mairead will give him oral sex,’ Forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes says in the documentary.

‘He’s pimping out his wife here. She’s just lost her kids for God sakes, and he’s using her as some form of currency. He says to her afterwards, “well I know you didn’t want to do that.” Well bloody hell, if you knew that she didn’t want to do that, why the hell would you ask her to?’

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