Anne Widdecombe in ‘Strictly Come Parking’ challenge

The former MP and Strictly Come Dancing contestant tackled the bane of many driver’s life – parallel parking – and declared the family car ‘any woman’s parking dream’.

While doing nothing for the myth of women being worse parkers than men with the statement, she was tested on technique, spatial judgement and finesse as she attempted to parallel park the new Focus.

She then used the car’s Active Park Assist, to complete the same challenge to demonstrate the driver aid technology in the new Focus.

The Active Park Assist only requires the driver to use the accelerator and brakes while the car essentially parks itself.

The equipment is available in the new Ford Focus in higher specification levels, as well as the new Ford C-Max people carrier and the larger, seven-seat Ford Grand C-Max.

David Calder, Ford of Britain medium car product manager, said: “The all-new Ford Focus only went on sale a few months ago and already one in 10 is sold with Active Park Assist. It’s proving popular as a parking aid, which first checks the space is big enough for the car and then helps the driver to park in it in one smooth attempt.”

Other driver aid technology available on the new Ford Focus includes land departure warning, traffic sign recognition and cruise control.

The Ford Focus is one of the most technologically advanced cars ever built by the Blue Oval and comes in four equipment-packed specification levels.

Priced from £15,995, the new Ford Focus is also available in both hatchback and estate body styles, and comes with a choice of petrol or diesel engines, most notably the 1.6-litre TDCi Econetic diesel, which delivers VED-free levels of CO2 emissions and upwards of 76mpg.