A NORTH Yorkshire MP has urged voters to support her party's economic plan in next year's General Election.

In her Christmas message Anne McIntosh, MP for Thirsk, Malton and Filey speaks about the success of the Tory Government's proposals to get the economy back on track.

She said: "May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

"I hope all those living in Thirsk, Malton and Filey will continue to support the long term economic plan which has delivered such positive results.

"While Britain has seen higher economic growth, lower unemployment, and falling inflation over the last year, we need to ensure that rural areas like Ryedale benefit from the increasing prosperity economic growth brings."

Miss McIntosh has also praised the strength of small businesses in her constituency throughout 2014.

"Small Business Saturday was a great success both in Pickering and Helmsley, showing how important Christmas is to local shopkeepers and providing opportunities for us all to shop locally," she added.

"I shall be visiting local hospitals before Christmas to thank those working there for all they do, remaining open throughout the festive season, and keeping us all well and healthy.

"I will continue to fight in 2015 for rural communities to ensure that they share in the infrastructure spending, such as improvements to the A64, faster broadband and better mobile phone coverage. I shall continue my campaigns for a rural fuel duty discount and lower diesel fuel pump prices."