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January 31, 2014 6:45 pm
A deselected Conservative MP has decided to fight the official party candidate at the next general election, potentially opening the way for Ukip or the Liberal Democrats to win the seat.
Her supporters in the Yorkshire constituency, where she had a 11,000 majority at the last election, denounced a “campaign to unseat her mounted by local gentry”.
“It is my intention to stand for Thirsk, Malton and Filey constituency at the next general election,” said Miss McIntosh, a multilingual lawyer and former Harrogate Ladies’ College pupil, who chairs the environment, food and rural affairs select committee.
“Meanwhile, I remain committed to the Conservative party locally and nationally and shall continue with my constituency and parliamentary duties with my customary passion.”
James Holt, president of the local Conservative association, this week accused the MP’s supporters of “shameless spin” and “snide and false allegations”.
An internal Conservative party inquiry last year found the local party had “co-opted” people to pack the executive committee before the deselection vote last year, making it “fundamentally flawed”. It also said it had treated her unfairly.
Peter Steveney, a former major and racehorse trainer who chairs the board, was criticised by the report but has demanded an apology, saying it was a “travesty”.
He called for unity after the vote.
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