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McIntosh awaits fate

A senior Tory MP will find out later today if she is to be ousted from her seat by her local party members.

Anne McIntosh is facing a bid to be deselected as the Conservative candidate for next year's election in her Thirsk and Malton seat, in North Yorkshire.

McIntosh could be ousted from her seat Credit: Press Association

Miss McIntosh, 59, has been a prominent figure during the recent flooding crisis as chair of the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

She has fallen out with her local party's executive, in particular chairman Peter Steveney.

A secret report found that senior Tories in the constituency have fought a long battle with Miss McIntosh to deselect her as the party's candidate in the next election.

Yesterday, Miss McIntosh received the support of Speaker John Bercow and Commons Leader Andrew Lansley.

As Tory MPs cheered their support for the MP, Mr Bercow then added: "I hope the cheers for that proposition will be noted in the north of England."

The internal inquiry found that the local executive broke the rules by co-opting a large number of new members on to the association's executive board weeks before a vote where it was decided not to reselect her for the 2015 general election.

The investigation decided the way she was deselected was "fundamentally flawed" and its result should be set aside.

The Thirsk and Malton seat was created for the 2010 election, when Miss McIntosh won with a majority of 11,281 over the Lib Dems.

She was MP for the now-defunct Vale of York seat from 1997 to 2010.

Local party members are understood to be travelling to London for the ballot count this afternoon.

MP sparks row after calling women doctors a 'burden' on the NHS

One of our region's MPs is at the centre of a controversy over the working hours of female doctors.

Anne McIntosh sparked a row after she said that women doctors who went part time after having children were a "tremendous burden" on the NHS.

Calendar presenter Tina Gelder spoke to Anne McIntosh and asked her first why she was singling out women doctors.


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.

Malton MP 'delighted' at changes to hospital unit's opening hours

The Malton MP, Anne McIntosh, has welcomed the announcement that Malton's Minor Injuries Unit will be reopened on weekday evenings and during the day at weekends. It follows the controversial reduction of hours at the unit to save money in December.

I welcome reinstating daytime opening hours during the weekend. The Unit serves the farming community, many racehorse trainers and others who are at risk of injuries and need swift treatment. I am delighted that the voice of local people responding to the consultation has been heard and that the Minor Injuries Unit will be open during the day, seven days a week.

– Anne McIntosh MP, Thirsk Malton and Filey
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