It’s no way to treat an outstanding MP

Anne McIntosh MP arrives at the Conservative Central Headquarters in Milbank, central London, before finding that she was to be ousted from her seat by her local party members

Anne McIntosh MP arrives at the Conservative Central Headquarters in Milbank, central London, before finding that she was to be ousted from her seat by her local party members

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MY disappointment at Anne McIntosh MP being subjected to deselection turned to despair on hearing the result (The Press, February 1).

Anne is an outstanding MP and community leader. She only has two qualities that I suspect acted against her: she is a woman and she is a strong individual, qualities that clearly offend the narrow-minded cabal that dominates her local Conservative Association.

Sadly, membership of the Conservative Party is in decline in both North Yorkshire and York. The remaining Thirsk and Malton Conservatives need to ask themselves, has this action reversed their decline in membership, do they really expect to get a better MP and do they want the Conservatives to win the next General Election?

If I lived in the Thirsk, Malton & Filey constituency, I would call on the Conservative Association Management Team to resign and I would vote for Anne McIntosh at the next general election.

Joe Watt, Conservative Party member, The Village, Skelton, York.

 

• THE Conservative members who have deselected Anne McIntosh may well have won the battle, but come the May 2015 war they could be licking their wounds.

If Ms McIntosh stands as an independent it will be wide open, and a mix of blue and red could well see someone wearing purple prevail.

What’s the betting that Nigel Farage will now pick Malton and Thirsk as his own constituency nomination? Now that really would put the area on the map, and be fascinating to watch.

Geoff Robb, Hunters Close, Dunnington, York.

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12:43pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Zetkin says...

I'm disgusted by the Tories' apparent sexism in the way Ms McIntosh has been treated.

However, I wouldn't vote for her in a month of Sundays; Thirsk & Malton deserves better than a homophobic bigot.

Let's hope a three-way split in the far-right vote allows a half-decent candidate to sneak through the middle and snatch the seat.
I'm disgusted by the Tories' apparent sexism in the way Ms McIntosh has been treated. However, I wouldn't vote for her in a month of Sundays; Thirsk & Malton deserves better than a homophobic bigot. Let's hope a three-way split in the far-right vote allows a half-decent candidate to sneak through the middle and snatch the seat. Zetkin
  • Score: 1

12:48pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Micklegate says...

Zetkin wrote:
I'm disgusted by the Tories' apparent sexism in the way Ms McIntosh has been treated.

However, I wouldn't vote for her in a month of Sundays; Thirsk & Malton deserves better than a homophobic bigot.

Let's hope a three-way split in the far-right vote allows a half-decent candidate to sneak through the middle and snatch the seat.
Was she not also a woman when she was selected?
[quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: I'm disgusted by the Tories' apparent sexism in the way Ms McIntosh has been treated. However, I wouldn't vote for her in a month of Sundays; Thirsk & Malton deserves better than a homophobic bigot. Let's hope a three-way split in the far-right vote allows a half-decent candidate to sneak through the middle and snatch the seat.[/p][/quote]Was she not also a woman when she was selected? Micklegate
  • Score: 4

1:11pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Jonthan says...

Yes Micklegate, she survived the sexism when she was selected, but a new and more backward-looking bunch are in charge of the constituency party now.
An internal Conservative Party inquiry found local executives broke party rules by co-opting a significant number of new members onto their decision-making committee, shortly before the crunch meeting last year when Miss McIntosh was first de-selected. There are reports of sexist views from some of the dinosaurs in charge
And its all of a piece with what is happening nationally. Sally Morgan has been dumped from OFSTED, Louise Forgan from the Arts Council and also Suzi Leather, and all to be replaced by men.

Still it's great to see the nasty party in disarray.
Yes Micklegate, she survived the sexism when she was selected, but a new and more backward-looking bunch are in charge of the constituency party now. An internal Conservative Party inquiry found local executives broke party rules by co-opting a significant number of new members onto their decision-making committee, shortly before the crunch meeting last year when Miss McIntosh was first de-selected. There are reports of sexist views from some of the dinosaurs in charge And its all of a piece with what is happening nationally. Sally Morgan has been dumped from OFSTED, Louise Forgan from the Arts Council and also Suzi Leather, and all to be replaced by men. Still it's great to see the nasty party in disarray. Jonthan
  • Score: 3

2:17pm Tue 4 Feb 14

PKH says...

Micklegate wrote:
Zetkin wrote:
I'm disgusted by the Tories' apparent sexism in the way Ms McIntosh has been treated.

However, I wouldn't vote for her in a month of Sundays; Thirsk & Malton deserves better than a homophobic bigot.

Let's hope a three-way split in the far-right vote allows a half-decent candidate to sneak through the middle and snatch the seat.
Was she not also a woman when she was selected?
When the Thirsk and Malton constituency was created she was selected ahead of the other sitting MP John Greenaway (Ryedale MP) who in my mind was the better constituency MP whose main residence was more local.
[quote][p][bold]Micklegate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zetkin[/bold] wrote: I'm disgusted by the Tories' apparent sexism in the way Ms McIntosh has been treated. However, I wouldn't vote for her in a month of Sundays; Thirsk & Malton deserves better than a homophobic bigot. Let's hope a three-way split in the far-right vote allows a half-decent candidate to sneak through the middle and snatch the seat.[/p][/quote]Was she not also a woman when she was selected?[/p][/quote]When the Thirsk and Malton constituency was created she was selected ahead of the other sitting MP John Greenaway (Ryedale MP) who in my mind was the better constituency MP whose main residence was more local. PKH
  • Score: 4

11:20pm Tue 4 Feb 14

powerwatt says...

Jonthan wrote:
Yes Micklegate, she survived the sexism when she was selected, but a new and more backward-looking bunch are in charge of the constituency party now.
An internal Conservative Party inquiry found local executives broke party rules by co-opting a significant number of new members onto their decision-making committee, shortly before the crunch meeting last year when Miss McIntosh was first de-selected. There are reports of sexist views from some of the dinosaurs in charge
And its all of a piece with what is happening nationally. Sally Morgan has been dumped from OFSTED, Louise Forgan from the Arts Council and also Suzi Leather, and all to be replaced by men.

Still it's great to see the nasty party in disarray.
Not really the current chairman is the man who stood up for Ann last time there was an attempt to deselect her.
[quote][p][bold]Jonthan[/bold] wrote: Yes Micklegate, she survived the sexism when she was selected, but a new and more backward-looking bunch are in charge of the constituency party now. An internal Conservative Party inquiry found local executives broke party rules by co-opting a significant number of new members onto their decision-making committee, shortly before the crunch meeting last year when Miss McIntosh was first de-selected. There are reports of sexist views from some of the dinosaurs in charge And its all of a piece with what is happening nationally. Sally Morgan has been dumped from OFSTED, Louise Forgan from the Arts Council and also Suzi Leather, and all to be replaced by men. Still it's great to see the nasty party in disarray.[/p][/quote]Not really the current chairman is the man who stood up for Ann last time there was an attempt to deselect her. powerwatt
  • Score: 1

12:04am Wed 5 Feb 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

You know that for some folks, only white men can be turned out of a job without a fuss of some sort.
Timothy Yeo has also been deselected and much as I dislike what he stands for, at least he will stand down with some grace. (So far)
What these two have in common is that they are both supporters of the great global warming scam, costing us all a fortune. Not for me and the nation will be better off without the pair, at least in cash terms.
And Mr Watt, you won't have a say in the matter at the election. But I'm not impressed at you calling for the management team to resign because you didn't like their decision. Something purple might just be an improvement in North Yorkshire?
You know that for some folks, only white men can be turned out of a job without a fuss of some sort. Timothy Yeo has also been deselected and much as I dislike what he stands for, at least he will stand down with some grace. (So far) What these two have in common is that they are both supporters of the great global warming scam, costing us all a fortune. Not for me and the nation will be better off without the pair, at least in cash terms. And Mr Watt, you won't have a say in the matter at the election. But I'm not impressed at you calling for the management team to resign because you didn't like their decision. Something purple might just be an improvement in North Yorkshire? ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -1

9:17am Wed 5 Feb 14

The Great Buda says...

Good olde CAC, turning any topic towards his/hers/its grand delusions.
Good olde CAC, turning any topic towards his/hers/its grand delusions. The Great Buda
  • Score: -2

12:01am Thu 6 Feb 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Speak for yourself Buda!
Speak for yourself Buda! ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: 2

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