Anne McIntosh ‘facing de-selection by supporters’

Anne McIntosh

Anne McIntosh

First published in News

A SENIOR North Yorkshire MP could be ousted by her own party, following an internal split with grass-roots supporters.

Anne McIntosh is facing a de-selection vote from her own constituency party in a fortnight’s time, The Press understands.

The Thirsk and Malton Conservative Association has called a meeting for September 2, when it is believed Ms McIntosh could be ousted.

She was chosen in 2006 to fight the new seat at the next General Election, following the merger of the existing Ryedale and Vale of York seats.

Reports on a party website said a motion had been tabled for the meeting, proposing that the association “do hereby deselect Anne McIntosh as their Parliamentary candidate”.

Ms McIntosh would neither confirm nor deny the claim when questioned, saying only that the meeting would “discuss the way forward in preparation for the General Election”.

The Conservative MP was first elected in the Vale of York in 1997 before being re-elected in 2001 and 2005 with an increased majority. She is also Shadow Minister for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. She beat Ryedale MP John Greenway to the nomination for Thirsk and Malton three years ago, but sources quoted by the Conservative site said relationships between Ms McIntosh and senior members of the local party have since broken down. The reasons are unknown.

Gillian Gill, the Conservative party’s agent for the Thirsk and Malton constituency, would only confirm that a meeting would take place.

She said: “There is going to be a meeting in Malton the week after next.

“We are going to discuss the way forward and how we can move on as an association.” Ms McIntosh was one of many MPs to face scrutiny during the expenses scandal at Westminster earlier this year.

The move comes just days after fellow Tory Anne Main survived a de-selection vote in St Albans, called in the wake of the expenses scandal.

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9:27am Tue 18 Aug 09

Yorkshire Volunteer says...

If reports that the senior elements of the Malton and Thirsk Conservative Party in any way dissaprove of Ms.McIntosh are true, then immediatly my support goes towards her.
As a group, with the notable exeption of John Greenway, they are an insular, bigotted and talentless bunch who resent both new ideas and anyone attempting to move into what they clearly feel is their own domain.
In contrast, in Ms.McIntosh, we have a talented person, with fresh ideas and someone who will well represent the Malton-Thirsk area nationally, as well as play a prominent part in what I hope is the next Conservatiove Government.
I for one will be at the meeting and enjoy the rare opportunity of poking the smug buggers with a sharp stick - and more importantly, support the good lady !
If reports that the senior elements of the Malton and Thirsk Conservative Party in any way dissaprove of Ms.McIntosh are true, then immediatly my support goes towards her. As a group, with the notable exeption of John Greenway, they are an insular, bigotted and talentless bunch who resent both new ideas and anyone attempting to move into what they clearly feel is their own domain. In contrast, in Ms.McIntosh, we have a talented person, with fresh ideas and someone who will well represent the Malton-Thirsk area nationally, as well as play a prominent part in what I hope is the next Conservatiove Government. I for one will be at the meeting and enjoy the rare opportunity of poking the smug buggers with a sharp stick - and more importantly, support the good lady ! Yorkshire Volunteer
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10:00am Tue 18 Aug 09

Metaltype says...

What a glowing endorsement of Ms McIntosh!

Anyone would think she wrote it herself.

Hmmm . . .
What a glowing endorsement of Ms McIntosh! Anyone would think she wrote it herself. Hmmm . . . Metaltype
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11:10am Tue 18 Aug 09

HeworthSapper says...

The other day she was backing the petition, and alas her name is yet to appear on the petition.
The other day she was backing the petition, and alas her name is yet to appear on the petition. HeworthSapper
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12:21pm Tue 18 Aug 09

Froggy says...

It looks like the dreaded Masons have got their oars in again. Let's hope Anne Mac. holds on.



It looks like the dreaded Masons have got their oars in again. Let's hope Anne Mac. holds on. Froggy
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1:40pm Tue 18 Aug 09

the-doctor says...

Wrote to this woman in August last year about something which was (to me) very important and that I wanted the support of my MP on.

Still waiting for a reply.
Wrote to this woman in August last year about something which was (to me) very important and that I wanted the support of my MP on. Still waiting for a reply. the-doctor
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3:46pm Tue 18 Aug 09

consumer says...

"they are an insular, bigotted and talentless bunch who resent ... new ideas"

The Conservative Party in a nutshell.
"they are an insular, bigotted and talentless bunch who resent ... new ideas" The Conservative Party in a nutshell. consumer
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6:15pm Tue 18 Aug 09

intelligentviews says...


At long last, a potential gutsy debate. Here's hoping this newspaper follows it and gives us the facts from both sides.
At long last, a potential gutsy debate. Here's hoping this newspaper follows it and gives us the facts from both sides. intelligentviews
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6:57pm Tue 18 Aug 09

genghis khan says...

consumer wrote:
"they are an insular, bigotted and talentless bunch who resent ... new ideas" The Conservative Party in a nutshell.
incompetant, arrogant, out of touch & utterly useless . would that sum up the labour party for you??
ann macintosh has represented this area for the last decade and has done a very good job , she has not been afraid to stand up & vote for what she believes is right .
unlike the spineless ""yes man "who is supposedly representing the people of york
[quote][p][bold]consumer[/bold] wrote: "they are an insular, bigotted and talentless bunch who resent ... new ideas" The Conservative Party in a nutshell.[/p][/quote]incompetant, arrogant, out of touch & utterly useless . would that sum up the labour party for you?? ann macintosh has represented this area for the last decade and has done a very good job , she has not been afraid to stand up & vote for what she believes is right . unlike the spineless ""yes man "who is supposedly representing the people of york genghis khan
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12:52pm Wed 19 Aug 09

Yorkshire Volunteer says...

Metaltype wrote:
What a glowing endorsement of Ms McIntosh! Anyone would think she wrote it herself. Hmmm . . .
Hmmmm indeed - but sorry to dissapoint you "metalman" , I an not she .......
[quote][p][bold]Metaltype[/bold] wrote: What a glowing endorsement of Ms McIntosh! Anyone would think she wrote it herself. Hmmm . . . [/p][/quote]Hmmmm indeed - but sorry to dissapoint you "metalman" , I an not she ....... Yorkshire Volunteer
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