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Northampton MP at centre of deselection rumours says he has no plans to stand down

Northampton South MP David Mackintosh

David Mackintosh the Conservative MP for Northampton South says he plans to defend his seat at the upcoming General Election despite rumours he could be facing deselection by the local party.

Click below to see a report by ITV Anglia's Sarah Cooper

David Mackintosh the Conservative MP for Northampton South says he plans to defend his seat at the upcoming General Election despite rumours he could be facing deselection by the local party.

It's all about his role in a loan to Northampton Town Football Club when he was leader of the council - where millions of pounds of public money went missing.

Before he was an MP - David Mackintosh was Leader of Northampton Borough Council.

He was in charge when the authority lent more than 10 million pounds to the Cobblers - to improve Sixfields stadium and develop land nearby.

The work was never finished - and now the money's missing and the loan is being investigated by police.

But David Mackintosh has always insisted he's done nothing wrong

I welcome the investigation into the problems with Sixfields Stadium and I am as concerned as anyone to find out what happened. I have consistently said that I have done nothing wrong and I have never been approached by the Police over this matter.

I am proud of my record as an MP, to date I have dealt with over 20,000 cases from thousands of my constituents. I would like to continue that work and intend to stand for re-election.

– David Mackintosh MP
Sajid Javid

The communities secretary has thrown his weight behind the MP - amid the deselection rumours.

Sajid Javid has been in Northamptonshire as part of the Conservative's local election campaigning.

When asked about suggestions Mr Mackintosh could be deselected as the party's candidate for June's general election the minister called him an "effective and passionate" politician - but said selection was a local party issue.

Meanwhile police say their investigation into the affair is continuing

A dedicated team of full-time investigators, accountants and analysts‎ continue to independently assess the grant, use and the loss of millions of pounds of public money. We are committed to thoroughly and objectively investigating this matter, which includes evaluating and investigating every allegation which may have a bearing on events. This is a complex investigation involving multiple allegations and counter allegations and it is important to remember that neither criminal nor financial liability will diminish with time.

– Northamptonshire Police

Bedfordshire's outspoken PCC loses out to Tory candidate

Kathryn Holloway is the new PCC for Bedfordshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Bedfordshire's outspoken inaugural Police and Crime Commissioner has been beaten by his Conservative rival.

Olly Martins was the only Labour PCC in the region following the 2012 election.

But, following the second count, he today lost the role to Tory Kathryn Holloway by nearly 2,000 votes.

Labour loses all seats in Rochford as Tories hold a reduced majority

Conservatives remain in overall control despite losses. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Labour has lost all its seats on Rochford council as the Tories held onto overall control.

But it was not all good news for the Conservatives, who lost six councillors taking their majority down to three.

UKIP, Liberal Democrats, the Green Party and the independent candidates all benefited from Labour and the Tories' losses.

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