Tory MP Anne McIntosh’s career on the line, again
Anne McIntosh, the Tory MP for Thirsk and Malton, who had to battle to avoid being ditched by her local party before the last election, has another fight on her hands. The Ryedale Gazette and Herald is reporting that the executive of her local Conservative association has decided that they will not “automatically reselect” her as their candidate for the 2015 general election, throwing a question mark over her political future.
Ms McIntosh appears to have had a long running dispute with some local party members, dating back to boundary changes that brought the Thirsk and Malton constituency into existence. She had been MP for Vale of York since 1997, and ran against the sitting MP for Ryedale, John Greenway, for the Thirsk and Malton nomination.
Her victory over Greenway evidently went down badly with some the local Conservatives, who held an extraordinary general meeting in September 2009, where she survived a motion calling for her deselection.
Ms McIntosh speaks five foreign languages, but seems to have trouble speaking the language of the party faithful in Yorkshire.
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