Deselected MP Anne McIntosh condemns bullies in Commons speech after feud with party activists

ANTI-BULLYING CALL: Anne McIntosh.

ANTI-BULLYING CALL: Anne McIntosh.

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AN MP deselected after a bitter dispute with her constituency association has condemned bullying.

Thirsk and Malton MP Anne McIntosh, who was told on Friday (January 31) that she would not be automatically readopted as the constituency's candidate at the next general election, spoke out during Defence questions in the House of Commons.

During a debate about the number of women in senior military posts, Miss McIntosh, Yorkshire's only female Conservative MP, was welcomed to the floor by Speaker John Bercow.

She said: "May the message go out from this House that bullying and harassment will not be tolerated, whether in the military, in politics, or in civilian or any other walk of life?"

Armed forces minister Mark Francois replied: "I find it difficult to improve on what my honourable friend has just said, so I will simply say I agree."

Supporters of Miss McIntosh claim the dispute which led to her deselection has been based on sexism and that she has been subjected to a dirty tricks campaign.

While her opponents claim a "comfortable majority" of the 88 per cent of association members who voted called for her deselection, Miss McIntosh said yesterday (Monday, February 3) that the margin had been "very narrow".

The chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee has said she intends to fight to retain her seat.

She said: "I am still on the list of Conservative candidates for Parliamentary seats, including Thirsk, Malton and Filey.

"I have been bolstered by the many messages from well-wishers following the vote result last Friday, including offers of help and financial support to fight to retain my position as the MP for the division in May next year."

She said she would meet Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss the situation.

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8:43pm Mon 3 Feb 14

peanutjones says...

Democracy bites. MacIntosh has not been selected by her own constituency, instead of the honourable thing, fighting the seat as an independent, she has relied on the Tory network to parachute her into a safe seat. By her "I am still on the list of Conservative candidates for Parliamentary seats, including Thirsk, Malton and Filey." its clear that she relies on the party network to protect her and not for people to want to vote for her as a good MP. Little wonder the local party found her an unsuitable person to be their MP.

Ms MacIntosh has rather a sharp tongue herself, and she has been well able to answer the people she accuses of bullying. Its not bullying if they disagree with you Anne.
Democracy bites. MacIntosh has not been selected by her own constituency, instead of the honourable thing, fighting the seat as an independent, she has relied on the Tory network to parachute her into a safe seat. By her "I am still on the list of Conservative candidates for Parliamentary seats, including Thirsk, Malton and Filey." its clear that she relies on the party network to protect her and not for people to want to vote for her as a good MP. Little wonder the local party found her an unsuitable person to be their MP. Ms MacIntosh has rather a sharp tongue herself, and she has been well able to answer the people she accuses of bullying. Its not bullying if they disagree with you Anne. peanutjones
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8:19am Tue 4 Feb 14

cupid stunt says...

peanutjones wrote:
Democracy bites. MacIntosh has not been selected by her own constituency, instead of the honourable thing, fighting the seat as an independent, she has relied on the Tory network to parachute her into a safe seat. By her "I am still on the list of Conservative candidates for Parliamentary seats, including Thirsk, Malton and Filey." its clear that she relies on the party network to protect her and not for people to want to vote for her as a good MP. Little wonder the local party found her an unsuitable person to be their MP.

Ms MacIntosh has rather a sharp tongue herself, and she has been well able to answer the people she accuses of bullying. Its not bullying if they disagree with you Anne.
pity she didn't go to eton
[quote][p][bold]peanutjones[/bold] wrote: Democracy bites. MacIntosh has not been selected by her own constituency, instead of the honourable thing, fighting the seat as an independent, she has relied on the Tory network to parachute her into a safe seat. By her "I am still on the list of Conservative candidates for Parliamentary seats, including Thirsk, Malton and Filey." its clear that she relies on the party network to protect her and not for people to want to vote for her as a good MP. Little wonder the local party found her an unsuitable person to be their MP. Ms MacIntosh has rather a sharp tongue herself, and she has been well able to answer the people she accuses of bullying. Its not bullying if they disagree with you Anne.[/p][/quote]pity she didn't go to eton cupid stunt
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