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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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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.

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
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