De-selected MP Anne McIntosh vows to continue her work

Gazette & Herald: Anne McIntosh Anne McIntosh

RYEDALE MP Anne McIntosh has vowed to continue working hard for the constituency she has “faithfully served” following the decision to de-select her.

Miss McIntosh, Yorkshire’s only female Conservative MP, lost a ballot of about 560 local party members on Friday.

However, she has vowed to stand at the next General Election and thanked people for the support shown since the decision was announced. Miss McIntosh said: “I am still the MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey, and I shall be working hard, as I have always have done for my constituents.”

Miss McIntosh added: “As I am at liberty to apply to stand as a candidate for any constituency in the country, perhaps a positive way forward is to hold an open primary for the Conservative nomination in Thirsk, Malton and Filey for all residents to decide who their candidate should be.”

Miss McIntosh, who became an MP in 1997 and won a majority of nearly 11,000 at the 2010 election after surviving a similar attempt to de-select her, said the result of the candidacy vote had been very narrow.

She is expected to meet Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss the situation, and attend an executive meeting of the constituency’s Conservative association next week.

“I have been given permission by Conservative Central Office to have a post-mortem into the way the campaign was run against me,” Miss McIntosh said. “I have also been bolstered by the many messages from well-wishers following the vote result, including offers of help and financial support to retain my position as the MP for the division in May next year.”

Peter Steveney, chairman of the local Conservative association, said they had reached a very clear democratic decision not to re-adopt AnnMcIntosh as their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate.

“This brings to a close an extraordinarily painful episode. It has taken too long to resolve, and has been made more acrimonious by Party rules which sought to suppress free debate,” he said. “I can confirm also that we expect Anne McIntosh to serve as our Conservative MP until the next General Election. Her threat after the ballot result ‘to stand for Thirsk, Malton and Filey constituency at the next election’ is however ill-judged and unwelcome — and we urge her to reflect upon it, particularly in relation to her declarations of continuing loyalty to the Conservative Party.”

Mr Steveney said that it was beyond dispute that she had divided the association and constituency. “Further disruption or an attempt to split the General Election vote, would be pointlessly destructive. We must all move on,” he said. “In that spirit, a selection process will go forward as soon as possible, under Party rules, to find a new candidate.

“For the avoidance of doubt, there is not and never has been a ‘preferred candidate’, nor has there ever been any prejudice whatsoever in this association against female candidates. We shall hope to receive the widest possible range of applications from qualified candidates for the privilege of representing Thirsk and Malton in the next Parliament.”

It is understood there could be an investigation into the procedure that has been followed.

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11:11pm Wed 5 Feb 14

sourmouth says...

Anne McIntosh vows to work hard for her constituents in Thirsk & Malton? Well - that will be a first....

If she'd actually done that in the first place she wouldn't have been deselected would she?
Anne McIntosh vows to work hard for her constituents in Thirsk & Malton? Well - that will be a first.... If she'd actually done that in the first place she wouldn't have been deselected would she? sourmouth

11:43am Thu 6 Feb 14

viking99 says...

You are a miserable person can you quote what she hasn't done I know some of the people behind the scenes who I wouldn't trust with a garden party
those that would like her as their MP need to vote for her at the election irrespective of political colour why should 560 or so people remove her its not very democratic.
You are a miserable person can you quote what she hasn't done I know some of the people behind the scenes who I wouldn't trust with a garden party those that would like her as their MP need to vote for her at the election irrespective of political colour why should 560 or so people remove her its not very democratic. viking99

1:47pm Thu 6 Feb 14

sourmouth says...

Horsemeat Scandal?
As Chairperson of the Food & Rural Affairs Select Committee she should have come down hard on the meat supply industry but she kept as quiet as humanly possible.

Selling-off the National Forests?
She voted with the government despite pleas from a very wide section of her constituency to save Dalby Forest.

Ryedale Sour Gas Project?
She was asked to place her support behind the campaign to stop this. campaign endorsed by Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire County Council and the North York Moors Planning Committee. She would not support it.

Increasing VAT?
Voted for it.

Gay Rights?
Voted against

Elected House of Lords?
Voted against.

Making Parliament more transparent
Undecided.

Raising the cap on Tuition Fees?
Voted for it.

Smoking Ban?
voted against it.

Do you want more?
Horsemeat Scandal? As Chairperson of the Food & Rural Affairs Select Committee she should have come down hard on the meat supply industry but she kept as quiet as humanly possible. Selling-off the National Forests? She voted with the government despite pleas from a very wide section of her constituency to save Dalby Forest. Ryedale Sour Gas Project? She was asked to place her support behind the campaign to stop this. campaign endorsed by Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire County Council and the North York Moors Planning Committee. She would not support it. Increasing VAT? Voted for it. Gay Rights? Voted against Elected House of Lords? Voted against. Making Parliament more transparent Undecided. Raising the cap on Tuition Fees? Voted for it. Smoking Ban? voted against it. Do you want more? sourmouth

2:37pm Thu 6 Feb 14

flyfisher says...

I have had two occasions to ask for help from her and on both occasions she was marvellous. She is an excellent MP if she stands as an independant I will vote for her .
I have had two occasions to ask for help from her and on both occasions she was marvellous. She is an excellent MP if she stands as an independant I will vote for her . flyfisher

5:35pm Thu 6 Feb 14

twotonethomas says...

sourmouth wrote:
Horsemeat Scandal?
As Chairperson of the Food & Rural Affairs Select Committee she should have come down hard on the meat supply industry but she kept as quiet as humanly possible.

Selling-off the National Forests?
She voted with the government despite pleas from a very wide section of her constituency to save Dalby Forest.

Ryedale Sour Gas Project?
She was asked to place her support behind the campaign to stop this. campaign endorsed by Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire County Council and the North York Moors Planning Committee. She would not support it.

Increasing VAT?
Voted for it.

Gay Rights?
Voted against

Elected House of Lords?
Voted against.

Making Parliament more transparent
Undecided.

Raising the cap on Tuition Fees?
Voted for it.

Smoking Ban?
voted against it.

Do you want more?
Has said she would vote to reintroduce several banned bloodsports.
[quote][p][bold]sourmouth[/bold] wrote: Horsemeat Scandal? As Chairperson of the Food & Rural Affairs Select Committee she should have come down hard on the meat supply industry but she kept as quiet as humanly possible. Selling-off the National Forests? She voted with the government despite pleas from a very wide section of her constituency to save Dalby Forest. Ryedale Sour Gas Project? She was asked to place her support behind the campaign to stop this. campaign endorsed by Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire County Council and the North York Moors Planning Committee. She would not support it. Increasing VAT? Voted for it. Gay Rights? Voted against Elected House of Lords? Voted against. Making Parliament more transparent Undecided. Raising the cap on Tuition Fees? Voted for it. Smoking Ban? voted against it. Do you want more?[/p][/quote]Has said she would vote to reintroduce several banned bloodsports. twotonethomas

8:53pm Thu 6 Feb 14

wlliam says...

Ms.McIntosh has provided absolutely no assistance to the residents of Kirkbymoorside in fending off the Gladman development application for over 200 new homes on prime agricultural land at Kirkbymoorside. She was written to on a number of occasions by a number of different constituents. She took several weeks to produce replies, and then only to say that it was in line with Westminster policy and there was nothing that anybody could do about it!

We are doing our best to prove her wrong.

I am looking forward to a significantly more diligent constituency MP.
Ms.McIntosh has provided absolutely no assistance to the residents of Kirkbymoorside in fending off the Gladman development application for over 200 new homes on prime agricultural land at Kirkbymoorside. She was written to on a number of occasions by a number of different constituents. She took several weeks to produce replies, and then only to say that it was in line with Westminster policy and there was nothing that anybody could do about it! We are doing our best to prove her wrong. I am looking forward to a significantly more diligent constituency MP. wlliam

8:44am Sat 8 Feb 14

browbeaten says...

A really nice lady who should join UKIP who dont mind females as MPs rather thn this set of buffers in the local tory party .
A really nice lady who should join UKIP who dont mind females as MPs rather thn this set of buffers in the local tory party . browbeaten

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