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James Heriot actor returns for statue unveiling

The actor Christopher Timothy, who played the vet James Herriot, is back in North Yorkshire this evening to attend the unveiling of a statue of the vet Alf Wight, who wrote the James Herriot books.

Christopher Timothy Credit: PA

The World of James Herriot will unveil the statue, followed by a black tie dinner at Thirsk Racecourse. Mr Timothy will be accompanied by family members of Mr Wight, who wrote the books about the life of a country vet which inspired two films and the long-running and immensly popular TV series "All Creatures Great and Small."

Chrisophter Timothy back in Yorkshire Credit: World of James Herriot

Former Birmingham City goalkeeper Jim Herriot, whose name, in 1969, Mr Wight chose as his pseudonym, is attending together with Sean Hedges-Quinn, the sculptor of the Statue and Gary Verity, CEO of Welcome to Yorkshire.

The James Herriot Statue and Legacy Fund has been developed as a tribute to Alf Wight, and its aims to provide bursaries for people wishing to embark on a career concerning the welfare of animals, and for whom the James Herriot stories may have been an inspiration.

Conservatives choose man to replace female MP

One of only three Conservative female MPs in the North of England is to be replaced by a man after a bitter row within the party.

Anne McIntosh was deselected after 'clash of personalities' Credit: ITV Calendar

Estate agent Kevin Hollinrake, was selected to replace Anne McIntosh as the Conservative candidate for the Thirsk and Malton seat after a six hour meeting of the local party in York last night.

Anne McIntosh was deselected earlier this year after a so-called clash of personalities with some local party activists.

She attended the selection meeting at York Racecourse last night and offered her congratulations to Mr Hollinrake. But she has refused to be drawn on her future amid some speculation she may stand at next year's General Election as an Independent candidate.

In a statement released on Monday, she said:

"Many people have approached me regarding the Conservative Candidate Selection for Thirsk and Malton.

"As I have said before, I do not comment on internal proceedings of the Conservative Party, to which I remain loyal and supportive. Nor will I be making any further comment at this time other than to say that I intend to carry on doing the work I was elected to do in May 2010 to the best of my ability.

“I shall continue to represent the people of Thirsk, Malton and Filey with the utmost energy and enthusiasm.

“Being the only woman Conservative MP for the Yorkshire and Humber Region, I am extremely proud to do so."

Kevin Hollinrake, a father-of-four, who lives in Easingwold, is the managing director and founder of the estate agency Hunters Property Group.

Meanwhile, the former TV presenter Selina Scott who had been tipped as a possible candidate for the seat by some of her friends, has said she decided not to put her name forward.

This decision not to put my name forward for Thirsk and Malton at this time will not prevent me offering my services to constituencies in the future should I decide to become involved at next May’s general election.

– Selina Scott

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Large fire at Thirsk recycling plant under control

A fire at a recycling plant in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, is under control but the fire service said it could be tomorrow before the flames are fully out. Thick smoke went up over the town and a stretch of the A19, after the fire broke out. It is the second fire in three years at the plant.

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Waste management firm insist plant is safe after second fire in three years

A waste management firm has insisted the plant is safe despite suffering the second large scale fire there in three years.

Around 45 firefighters were called to Todd Waste Management in Thirsk, shortly after 5am after the blaze broke out in buildings containing 160 tonnes of compacted household and commercial waste.

This is the second fire at the plant in three years. The first in May 2011. Firefighters said the blaze was under control but are expected to be on the site until tomorrow. Philip Atkinson, a director at the plant, said their procedures had worked and insisted the plant was safe.

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.

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