Speaker backing for McIntosh

Speaker John Bercow has given his backing to a Tory MP who faces being ousted from her seat by her local Conservative association.

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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


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

Residents quiz police over new headquarters plans

Residents of South Kilvington and the surrounding area will be able to find out more about North Yorkshire Police's proposals for a new headquarters and custody suite on the outskirts of the village.

Members of the project team - including representatives from the North Yorkshire Police's estates team, planners, architects and other consultants - will be on hand to discuss various aspects of the proposals and gather feedback, questions and concerns from residents and interested parties.

The project team is keen to gather ideas and feedback from the local community as work continues to develop the proposals.

At this stage, the focus is on understanding the views on several aspects of the proposals, including:

  • Potential benefits to the local community that could be brought about as part of the work
  • The economic benefits to South Kilvington and the wider Thirsk area
  • Issues such as drainage, sewage, traffic through the village and parking at the school

This is the first of many opportunities the residents of South Kilvington will get to feedback their views and influence the design of any proposals we may put forward.

I would encourage local people to come along to learn more about the proposals, meet the project team and raise any questions they may have at this early stage. Importantly, it will also be an opportunity for people to say what they would like to see as a result of any development, such as parking improvements or improved playing facilities in the village.

If we decide later to submit a planning application - and this is not a done deal - the feedback of consultation will be published beforehand and will influence any plans for the site. We will also make clear how the proposals have altered as a result of consultation.

– Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner


Driver who killed cyclist sentenced

A driver who killed one of England's top veteran cyclists when he ploughed into him during a road race in North Yorkshire has been spared jail after a court heard how his brief lapse of concentration led to a devastating accident that "could have happened to anybody".

Leonard Grayson, 75, from Garforth, West Yorkshire, died instantly when he was hit on the A19 near Thirsk.

Peter Barraclough admitted causing his death by careless driving after he took his eyes off the road for a matter of seconds when a lorry on the opposite carriageway caught his attention.

Judge Peter Bowers decided not to jail Barraclough immediately, but gave him a five-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered him to do 250 hours of unpaid work. He also banned him from driving for 18 months.

Video: More pregnant mums getting rid of dogs

For most dog-lovers, their pet is considered to be part of the family. But what happens when a baby comes along? An animal rehoming charity says last year the number of dogs handed over to them because the owner was pregnant almost doubled.

Blue Cross says, with the right advice, families expecting a new baby can feel confident about keeping their dog. Sally Simpson reports.

MP: Female doctors 'burden' on NHS

The NHS is facing a huge burden from female doctors who will want to have children and only work part-time, an MP has claimed.

Tory Anne McIntosh (Thirsk and Malton) said that "in the normal course of events" the 70% of medical students who are women will want to marry, start families and then go part-time.

The qualified lawyer said this puts a strain on the NHS and creates a "tremendous burden" in training female doctors who will not end up working full-time hours.

Vandals smash windows at Thirsk school

Police in Thirsk are investigating after ten windows were broken at the town's Comprehensive School on Topcliffe Road. It happened on Sunday evening. Vandals used stones and pieces of concrete to break windows on the ground and first floors. They also damaged a handrail and left it on a roof.

"I need to speak to anyone who can help to identify those responsible for this mindless act of vandalism and urge them to contact the police straight away."

– PC Quita Passmore, of Thirsk Safer Neighbourhood Team
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