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Paul Brand's exclusive interview with MP Anne McIntosh

The North Yorkshire MP Anne McIntosh says it'd be 'undemocratic' if she wasn't given another go at being selected as the Tory candidate for Thirsk and Malton. Despite being in parliament for seventeen years, the Conservative MP was dropped by her local party last month.

She now wants another vote on who should be the Tory candidate - this time giving all of her constituents a say. Our Political Correspondent Paul Brand has the story.

Read: McIntosh deselected from Thirsk and Malton seat

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Anne McIntosh speaks exclusively to ITV about being deselected

Anne McIntosh MP with ITV's political correspondent Paul Brand Credit: ITV

Political Correspondent Paul Brand has an exclusive interview with Anne McIntosh MP for Thirsk and Malton. The Conservative MP has avoided interviews about her deselection until now.

But in an interview with Paul, at Thirsk Livestock market, she reveals how she really feels about being dropped by her local party. And she clearly feels her deselection wasn't fair.

Anne McIntosh and Paul Brand at Thirsk Livestock market Credit: ITV

McIntosh gets senior backing

A senior Conservative has reiterated praise for a backbencher sacked by her own constituency association ahead of the next General Election.

Anne McIntosh has been ousted from her seat Credit: Press Association

Commons Leader Andrew Lansley offered fresh endorsement for Anne McIntosh, who has been de-selected by her Thirsk and Malton constituency in North Yorkshire after 17 years as MP.

Mr Lansley said: "I reiterate what I said last week - we in this House value very much what you do as chair of the environment, food and rural affairs select committee and on behalf of your constituents.

"Speaking entirely personally, may I say from that point of view I very much regret the decision that was taken by Thirsk and Malton constituency association last week."

Ms McIntosh had urged Mr Lansley to work with the Church of England to set up a mechanism for people to donate to a relief fund for people affected by flooding.

McIntosh accuses Tories of "ungentlemanly behaviour"

The Prime Minister and Opposition leader have clashed in the Commons today in a row over the deselection of the region's one female Conservative MP by her local committee.

Anne McIntosh has been a Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton since 1997, but has been rejected as a candidate for the next General Election.

She has accused the Tories of "ungentlemanly behaviour".

Today David Cameron defended his party's treatment of women:

McIntosh: I remain committed to the Conservative Party

I’d like to thank all those who supported me throughout, from both Vale of York and Thirsk and Malton.

It is my intention to stand for Thirsk, Malton and Filey constituency at the next General Election.

Meanwhile I remain committed to the Conservative Party locally and nationally and shall continue with my constituency and parliamentary duties with my customary passion.

In the coming year I will support Conservative candidates in the European Elections in Yorkshire and the Humber and Conservative local Government candidates in Thirsk, Malton and Filey in 2015.

– Anne McIntosh

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