Probe likely into deselection of MP Anne McIntosh

Anne Mcintosh

Anne Mcintosh

First published in News

THE election process which led to a North Yorkshire MP being controversially deselected following a long-running row with her local party is likely to be investigated, The Press understands.

Anne McIntosh lost a vote among activists in her Thirsk and Malton constituency last week which means she cannot stand as a Conservative candidate there at next year’s General Election, although she has vowed to fight on.

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

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

It is also understood that the election which led to her being deselected and the campaign against Miss McIntosh will be investigated. Supporters of Miss McIntosh, who chairs the influential environment and rural affairs select committee, have said they will continue to have the issue aired in public.

One party source said: “There does need to be a post-mortem into the whole procedure, and for an open primary selection process to be started which would enable a wide range of members of the public to attend and speak.”

Miss McIntosh said: “I am still on the list of Conservative candidates for parliamentary seats, including Thirsk and Malton.

“I have been bolstered by the many messages from well-wishers following the vote result last Friday, including offers of help and financial support to retain my position as the MP for the division in May next year.”

An internal party report, leaked last week, showed the Conservative hierarchy feared the selection issue had “spiralled out of control”.

Peter Steveney, the chairman of the local Conservative association, referred media inquiries to the party's national HQ yesterday.

 

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8:14am Tue 4 Feb 14

roskoboskovic says...

i m not a tory voter and never will be but this was a stitch up ,pure and simple.politics has never been more poisonous as it is nowadays with career politicians only caring for their own interests.from what i gather ms mackintosh has been a more than competent mp and seems to be old school.style over content is the modern way and her face apparently doesn t fit.
i m not a tory voter and never will be but this was a stitch up ,pure and simple.politics has never been more poisonous as it is nowadays with career politicians only caring for their own interests.from what i gather ms mackintosh has been a more than competent mp and seems to be old school.style over content is the modern way and her face apparently doesn t fit. roskoboskovic
  • Score: 11

9:16am Tue 4 Feb 14

BY Taxis says...

I emailed Anne twice over seperate issues in the last 3 years, I didn't even get an acknowledgment of receipt let alone any information or action over the problems. I emailed another mp re a national issue and received a reply inside 10 days. I think my experience has been echoed by many other constituents.
I emailed Anne twice over seperate issues in the last 3 years, I didn't even get an acknowledgment of receipt let alone any information or action over the problems. I emailed another mp re a national issue and received a reply inside 10 days. I think my experience has been echoed by many other constituents. BY Taxis
  • Score: 4

9:23am Tue 4 Feb 14

Roger S says...

I think the old school way of living in Essex but representing Yorkshire didn't help - a bit like if the PM decided to live in Spain. She was York MP before the boundaries were changed so she had very little connection with her rural constituents, and I think they felt that showed through in her level of behind the scenes effort and attitude. So maybe she just needs to find a seat that suits her - it's far too easy for the handbags to come out and say she has been picked on but that would be crass. As a rural seat with very low population density and facts of life that rarely match up with national policy well (because the numbers are different to other areas), you really need someone fighting your corner. Thirsk has a population in the region of 5,000 and counts for a major conurbation in this area! In Essex that would be called a village.
I think the old school way of living in Essex but representing Yorkshire didn't help - a bit like if the PM decided to live in Spain. She was York MP before the boundaries were changed so she had very little connection with her rural constituents, and I think they felt that showed through in her level of behind the scenes effort and attitude. So maybe she just needs to find a seat that suits her - it's far too easy for the handbags to come out and say she has been picked on but that would be crass. As a rural seat with very low population density and facts of life that rarely match up with national policy well (because the numbers are different to other areas), you really need someone fighting your corner. Thirsk has a population in the region of 5,000 and counts for a major conurbation in this area! In Essex that would be called a village. Roger S
  • Score: 5

10:57am Tue 4 Feb 14

RosedaleAwakes says...

Sort of puzzling that the prospect of an enquiry into this whole episode is now being 'floated'. I rather suspect this is a slice of spin. After all did not the counting of the recent votes and indeed the re-run process take place under the aegis of Central Office? I doubt that the party hierarchy will want a 'drains-up' on this one.

I do marvel at the reports of Ms McIntosh as a good constituency MP. I wrote to my MP twice in recent years the first time I had a prompt and helpful response (John Greenaway) and the second time, nothing, nada, zilch (you guessed it, La McIntosh).

It is sometimes a good thing to have a high profile mover and shaker as your MP, but not if local people and issues are ignored - as they appear to have been on Anne's watch, judging by the many comments in a similar vein.

If Ms McIntosh was really determined to allow her constituents have their say on the matter, she would have resigned straight after the vote last week and forced a by-election on her record... She did not and the insistence on fighting on at the next election will be quietly dropped after this dust has settled, or when she accepts the inevitable transfer to the House of Lords - whichever comes first.

Meanwhile, here in the constituency we are lumbered with a lame duck MP until May 2015.

Marvellous.
Sort of puzzling that the prospect of an enquiry into this whole episode is now being 'floated'. I rather suspect this is a slice of spin. After all did not the counting of the recent votes and indeed the re-run process take place under the aegis of Central Office? I doubt that the party hierarchy will want a 'drains-up' on this one. I do marvel at the reports of Ms McIntosh as a good constituency MP. I wrote to my MP twice in recent years the first time I had a prompt and helpful response (John Greenaway) and the second time, nothing, nada, zilch (you guessed it, La McIntosh). It is sometimes a good thing to have a high profile mover and shaker as your MP, but not if local people and issues are ignored - as they appear to have been on Anne's watch, judging by the many comments in a similar vein. If Ms McIntosh was really determined to allow her constituents have their say on the matter, she would have resigned straight after the vote last week and forced a by-election on her record... She did not and the insistence on fighting on at the next election will be quietly dropped after this dust has settled, or when she accepts the inevitable transfer to the House of Lords - whichever comes first. Meanwhile, here in the constituency we are lumbered with a lame duck MP until May 2015. Marvellous. RosedaleAwakes
  • Score: 0

11:21am Tue 4 Feb 14

Roger S says...

Problem is the voters want a Tory, so a by-election may not solve the predicament. Conservative loyalty has already been borrowed by the MP too much.
Problem is the voters want a Tory, so a by-election may not solve the predicament. Conservative loyalty has already been borrowed by the MP too much. Roger S
  • Score: 1

1:48pm Tue 4 Feb 14

sourmouth says...

BY Taxis wrote:
I emailed Anne twice over seperate issues in the last 3 years, I didn't even get an acknowledgment of receipt let alone any information or action over the problems. I emailed another mp re a national issue and received a reply inside 10 days. I think my experience has been echoed by many other constituents.
I contacted her on a number of occasions about various issues - some local, some national. I got wishy-washy, patronising, non-committal responses. When I sent her a critical letter about how disappointed I was with her poor representation I got nothing...

When Tim Yeo was deselected he wished his successor the very best. Anne McIntosh is arrogant enough to believe she'll get re-elected as an independent! That speaks volumes.
[quote][p][bold]BY Taxis[/bold] wrote: I emailed Anne twice over seperate issues in the last 3 years, I didn't even get an acknowledgment of receipt let alone any information or action over the problems. I emailed another mp re a national issue and received a reply inside 10 days. I think my experience has been echoed by many other constituents.[/p][/quote]I contacted her on a number of occasions about various issues - some local, some national. I got wishy-washy, patronising, non-committal responses. When I sent her a critical letter about how disappointed I was with her poor representation I got nothing... When Tim Yeo was deselected he wished his successor the very best. Anne McIntosh is arrogant enough to believe she'll get re-elected as an independent! That speaks volumes. sourmouth
  • Score: 2

2:06pm Tue 4 Feb 14

PKH says...

Roger S wrote:
I think the old school way of living in Essex but representing Yorkshire didn't help - a bit like if the PM decided to live in Spain. She was York MP before the boundaries were changed so she had very little connection with her rural constituents, and I think they felt that showed through in her level of behind the scenes effort and attitude. So maybe she just needs to find a seat that suits her - it's far too easy for the handbags to come out and say she has been picked on but that would be crass. As a rural seat with very low population density and facts of life that rarely match up with national policy well (because the numbers are different to other areas), you really need someone fighting your corner. Thirsk has a population in the region of 5,000 and counts for a major conurbation in this area! In Essex that would be called a village.
She was not a York MP she was MP for the Thirsk area before changing of constituencies that saw saw the old Ryedale constituency disbanded and the Thirsk and Malton constituency come into being. so since 1997 she has been a rural MP
[quote][p][bold]Roger S[/bold] wrote: I think the old school way of living in Essex but representing Yorkshire didn't help - a bit like if the PM decided to live in Spain. She was York MP before the boundaries were changed so she had very little connection with her rural constituents, and I think they felt that showed through in her level of behind the scenes effort and attitude. So maybe she just needs to find a seat that suits her - it's far too easy for the handbags to come out and say she has been picked on but that would be crass. As a rural seat with very low population density and facts of life that rarely match up with national policy well (because the numbers are different to other areas), you really need someone fighting your corner. Thirsk has a population in the region of 5,000 and counts for a major conurbation in this area! In Essex that would be called a village.[/p][/quote]She was not a York MP she was MP for the Thirsk area before changing of constituencies that saw saw the old Ryedale constituency disbanded and the Thirsk and Malton constituency come into being. so since 1997 she has been a rural MP PKH
  • Score: 2

2:06pm Tue 4 Feb 14

PKH says...

Roger S wrote:
I think the old school way of living in Essex but representing Yorkshire didn't help - a bit like if the PM decided to live in Spain. She was York MP before the boundaries were changed so she had very little connection with her rural constituents, and I think they felt that showed through in her level of behind the scenes effort and attitude. So maybe she just needs to find a seat that suits her - it's far too easy for the handbags to come out and say she has been picked on but that would be crass. As a rural seat with very low population density and facts of life that rarely match up with national policy well (because the numbers are different to other areas), you really need someone fighting your corner. Thirsk has a population in the region of 5,000 and counts for a major conurbation in this area! In Essex that would be called a village.
She was not a York MP she was MP for the Thirsk area before changing of constituencies that saw saw the old Ryedale constituency disbanded and the Thirsk and Malton constituency come into being. so since 1997 she has been a rural MP
[quote][p][bold]Roger S[/bold] wrote: I think the old school way of living in Essex but representing Yorkshire didn't help - a bit like if the PM decided to live in Spain. She was York MP before the boundaries were changed so she had very little connection with her rural constituents, and I think they felt that showed through in her level of behind the scenes effort and attitude. So maybe she just needs to find a seat that suits her - it's far too easy for the handbags to come out and say she has been picked on but that would be crass. As a rural seat with very low population density and facts of life that rarely match up with national policy well (because the numbers are different to other areas), you really need someone fighting your corner. Thirsk has a population in the region of 5,000 and counts for a major conurbation in this area! In Essex that would be called a village.[/p][/quote]She was not a York MP she was MP for the Thirsk area before changing of constituencies that saw saw the old Ryedale constituency disbanded and the Thirsk and Malton constituency come into being. so since 1997 she has been a rural MP PKH
  • Score: 2

2:24pm Tue 4 Feb 14

meme says...

whatever the result they should just move on and get a new MP and accept she has had her day for whatever reason
Problem is these MP's are unemployable elsewhere so they cling on like limpets rather than lose their jobs!
whatever the result they should just move on and get a new MP and accept she has had her day for whatever reason Problem is these MP's are unemployable elsewhere so they cling on like limpets rather than lose their jobs! meme
  • Score: 2

2:37pm Tue 4 Feb 14

NorthYorkshireBlue says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
i m not a tory voter and never will be but this was a stitch up ,pure and simple.politics has never been more poisonous as it is nowadays with career politicians only caring for their own interests.from what i gather ms mackintosh has been a more than competent mp and seems to be old school.style over content is the modern way and her face apparently doesn t fit.
Yes, it does sound like a stitch up. Fewer than 600 people represent the Conservatives in Thirsk and Malton but the party has very strong electoral support. It's a bit like the rotten boroughs of yesteryear. I know that there are members of local associations that gerrymander local membership by paying for party membership on behalf of others. If you are one of those that got signed up it's impossible to cancel your membership with central office at a later date because they will only let you "leave" once the direct debit payment stops. Sometimes I wonder if the proxy memberships are used by the local associations to fix local association votes.
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: i m not a tory voter and never will be but this was a stitch up ,pure and simple.politics has never been more poisonous as it is nowadays with career politicians only caring for their own interests.from what i gather ms mackintosh has been a more than competent mp and seems to be old school.style over content is the modern way and her face apparently doesn t fit.[/p][/quote]Yes, it does sound like a stitch up. Fewer than 600 people represent the Conservatives in Thirsk and Malton but the party has very strong electoral support. It's a bit like the rotten boroughs of yesteryear. I know that there are members of local associations that gerrymander local membership by paying for party membership on behalf of others. If you are one of those that got signed up it's impossible to cancel your membership with central office at a later date because they will only let you "leave" once the direct debit payment stops. Sometimes I wonder if the proxy memberships are used by the local associations to fix local association votes. NorthYorkshireBlue
  • Score: 2

9:57pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Allan Whitehead says...

roskoboskovic wrote:
i m not a tory voter and never will be but this was a stitch up ,pure and simple.politics has never been more poisonous as it is nowadays with career politicians only caring for their own interests.from what i gather ms mackintosh has been a more than competent mp and seems to be old school.style over content is the modern way and her face apparently doesn t fit.
roskoboskovi
I am of the very same opinion as you. It seems that the long knives have been stabbing her in the back for some time. I would never vote Conservative, or even for those very light blues (Lib Dems
[quote][p][bold]roskoboskovic[/bold] wrote: i m not a tory voter and never will be but this was a stitch up ,pure and simple.politics has never been more poisonous as it is nowadays with career politicians only caring for their own interests.from what i gather ms mackintosh has been a more than competent mp and seems to be old school.style over content is the modern way and her face apparently doesn t fit.[/p][/quote]roskoboskovi I am of the very same opinion as you. It seems that the long knives have been stabbing her in the back for some time. I would never vote Conservative, or even for those very light blues (Lib Dems Allan Whitehead
  • Score: 4

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