Anne McIntosh at the centre of PMQs row over Cameron's "old boys' network"

The Northern Echo: UNCOMFORTABLE DAY: Anne McIntosh UNCOMFORTABLE DAY: Anne McIntosh

THE sacking of North Yorkshire MP Anne McIntosh by her local party lays bare the Conservatives’ “problem with women”, Ed Miliband alleged today.

During a fiery Prime Minister’s questions, the Labour leader seized on the de-selection of the Thirsk and Malton MP to accuse David Cameron of running an “old boys' network”.

With a clearly upset Miss McIntosh sat directly behind Mr Cameron, Mr Miliband asked: “What is the Tory party doing?

“It is removing one of its most senior women and seeking to replace her with an Old Etonian. That says it all about the Conservative Party.”

Incredibly, not a single woman was sitting on the Coalition front bench during the 30-minute exchanges, which was instead packed with more than a dozen male ministers.

The gaffe allowed Mr Miliband to taunt his opponent saying, “A picture tells a thousand words. Look at the all-male front bench ranged before us.

“The prime minister says that he wants to represent the whole country. I guess they did not let women into the Bullingdon Club either.”

Mr Cameron struggled for a response, acknowledging there were “not enough” female Conservative ministers, but ignoring the jibe about the Thirsk and Malton de-selection.

Supporters of Miss McIntosh have alleged that Edward Legard, an Old Etonian barrister and part-time judge, is being lined up to replace her for next year’s general election.

But this was denied today, in an article penned for The Spectator magazine by Martin Vander Weyer, a member of the local Conservative association.

Mr Vander Weyer described Mr Legard as the “phantom preferred candidate”, insisting: “It’s a fiction, or a paranoid fantasy.

“Not since pre-Thatcher days have shire Tory grandees been able to slip favoured chaps into safe seats.

“I have never heard anyone in Thirsk and Malton say anything other than that they would like a choice of good candidates, preferably not called McIntosh.”

Nevertheless, Mr Miliband’s attack was widely seen to have wounded Mr Cameron, who has faced growing criticism that his party is increasingly male-dominated.

Polling by the Mumsnet website found Labour has a four-point lead among men – but enjoys a gaping 13-point advantage among women.

The 59-year-old Miss McIntosh, a North Yorkshire MP for 17 years, was de-selected last Friday, after a ballot of all Thirsk and Malton members.

She has been embroiled in a long-running and bitter dispute with the association’s executive over her style and her communication with party activists.

Miss McIntosh vowed to fight on, either by standing as an independent in Thirsk and Malton, or by pitching again to be the Tory candidate if an ‘open primary’ of all residents is held.

The MP has also requested talks with Mr Cameron. Today, a No.10 spokesman told The Northern Echo that he was not aware of any planned meeting.

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11:00pm Wed 5 Feb 14

johnny_p says...

Is that the very same Labour Party that has never had a female Prime Minister?

Oh dear Ed. Keep Trying.
Is that the very same Labour Party that has never had a female Prime Minister? Oh dear Ed. Keep Trying. johnny_p
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11:20pm Wed 5 Feb 14

John Durham says...

johnny_p wrote:
Is that the very same Labour Party that has never had a female Prime Minister?

Oh dear Ed. Keep Trying.
Thatcher was a woman?
[quote][p][bold]johnny_p[/bold] wrote: Is that the very same Labour Party that has never had a female Prime Minister? Oh dear Ed. Keep Trying.[/p][/quote]Thatcher was a woman? John Durham
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11:31pm Wed 5 Feb 14

johnny_p says...

John Durham wrote:
johnny_p wrote:
Is that the very same Labour Party that has never had a female Prime Minister?

Oh dear Ed. Keep Trying.
Thatcher was a woman?
Desperate. Just desperate........
[quote][p][bold]John Durham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]johnny_p[/bold] wrote: Is that the very same Labour Party that has never had a female Prime Minister? Oh dear Ed. Keep Trying.[/p][/quote]Thatcher was a woman?[/p][/quote]Desperate. Just desperate........ johnny_p
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8:59am Thu 6 Feb 14

cupid stunt says...

a suitable gay candidate will be found
a suitable gay candidate will be found cupid stunt
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10:07am Thu 6 Feb 14

John Durham says...

johnny_p wrote:
Is that the very same Labour Party that has never had a female Prime Minister?

Oh dear Ed. Keep Trying.
Come off it Johnny - if you're talking desperate your comment fits the bill. Half the Labour shadow cabinet are women. Compare that to the government with only four.

It does not bode well when a senior woman Tory gets pushed aside to be replaced possibly by an old Etonian man. Others have given up after one parliament. Not good.

In truth all the parties still have some way to go with regards to representing the general population but Labour have gone further than most.

And it matters because whichever government we get in 2015 it would be preferable if they could be seen to represent all sectors of society and not just appear to be out of touch and self-serving - as this one is.
[quote][p][bold]johnny_p[/bold] wrote: Is that the very same Labour Party that has never had a female Prime Minister? Oh dear Ed. Keep Trying.[/p][/quote]Come off it Johnny - if you're talking desperate your comment fits the bill. Half the Labour shadow cabinet are women. Compare that to the government with only four. It does not bode well when a senior woman Tory gets pushed aside to be replaced possibly by an old Etonian man. Others have given up after one parliament. Not good. In truth all the parties still have some way to go with regards to representing the general population but Labour have gone further than most. And it matters because whichever government we get in 2015 it would be preferable if they could be seen to represent all sectors of society and not just appear to be out of touch and self-serving - as this one is. John Durham
  • Score: 3

10:58am Thu 6 Feb 14

The Grim North says...

John Durham wrote:
johnny_p wrote: Is that the very same Labour Party that has never had a female Prime Minister? Oh dear Ed. Keep Trying.
Come off it Johnny - if you're talking desperate your comment fits the bill. Half the Labour shadow cabinet are women. Compare that to the government with only four. It does not bode well when a senior woman Tory gets pushed aside to be replaced possibly by an old Etonian man. Others have given up after one parliament. Not good. In truth all the parties still have some way to go with regards to representing the general population but Labour have gone further than most. And it matters because whichever government we get in 2015 it would be preferable if they could be seen to represent all sectors of society and not just appear to be out of touch and self-serving - as this one is.
Labour has loads of women MPs because of the "positive" discrimination policy when selecting candidates. Social engineering at its worst. Its bad enough that we get brain dead MPs filtered, moulded and selected by the party machine without half of the candidates being desqualified just because they have the wrong chromosome pairing.

Almost every MP appears to me to be out of touch and self serving, probably because they are. The worst of the lot are Cameron, Clegg, Millipede, Balls, Osborne et al.

If we want a government which represents all sections of socienty all political parties should be outlawed and our MPs selected by a lottery, a bit like jury service. Far beter that than the load of clueless to55ers we have now, all schooled at Oxbridge, studying politics and **** with absolutely no experience of living and working in the real world.
[quote][p][bold]John Durham[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]johnny_p[/bold] wrote: Is that the very same Labour Party that has never had a female Prime Minister? Oh dear Ed. Keep Trying.[/p][/quote]Come off it Johnny - if you're talking desperate your comment fits the bill. Half the Labour shadow cabinet are women. Compare that to the government with only four. It does not bode well when a senior woman Tory gets pushed aside to be replaced possibly by an old Etonian man. Others have given up after one parliament. Not good. In truth all the parties still have some way to go with regards to representing the general population but Labour have gone further than most. And it matters because whichever government we get in 2015 it would be preferable if they could be seen to represent all sectors of society and not just appear to be out of touch and self-serving - as this one is.[/p][/quote]Labour has loads of women MPs because of the "positive" discrimination policy when selecting candidates. Social engineering at its worst. Its bad enough that we get brain dead MPs filtered, moulded and selected by the party machine without half of the candidates being desqualified just because they have the wrong chromosome pairing. Almost every MP appears to me to be out of touch and self serving, probably because they are. The worst of the lot are Cameron, Clegg, Millipede, Balls, Osborne et al. If we want a government which represents all sections of socienty all political parties should be outlawed and our MPs selected by a lottery, a bit like jury service. Far beter that than the load of clueless to55ers we have now, all schooled at Oxbridge, studying politics and **** with absolutely no experience of living and working in the real world. The Grim North
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12:09pm Thu 6 Feb 14

David Lacey says...

TGN once again shows that we need root and branch reform of the Commons and Lords. And Mr Durham (sounding suspiciously like Louise, don't you think) in typical Labour fashion fails to mention female only shortlists that return - guess what? - female MPs.
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The way to bring about the political train crash we need is to vote UKIP and watch the shambles that would follow. Sometimes in order to fix something you have to trash it completely and start again.
TGN once again shows that we need root and branch reform of the Commons and Lords. And Mr Durham (sounding suspiciously like Louise, don't you think) in typical Labour fashion fails to mention female only shortlists that return - guess what? - female MPs. . The way to bring about the political train crash we need is to vote UKIP and watch the shambles that would follow. Sometimes in order to fix something you have to trash it completely and start again. David Lacey
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12:23pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Home to roost Anne Mac says...

Mcintosh lost her seat due to being a very poor MP for the local people. Childish and arrogant. Full of her own self belief with no actions. Totally forgot the people who voted her into power to represent them. Iv dealt with her personally and her attitude and lack of support has well and truly come home to roost. And for one! I'm glad! Rude arrogant pig headed! And that's been nice! And these are the reasons shes been voted out. No other great vendetta. Just a very very poor MP.
Mcintosh lost her seat due to being a very poor MP for the local people. Childish and arrogant. Full of her own self belief with no actions. Totally forgot the people who voted her into power to represent them. Iv dealt with her personally and her attitude and lack of support has well and truly come home to roost. And for one! I'm glad! Rude arrogant pig headed! And that's been nice! And these are the reasons shes been voted out. No other great vendetta. Just a very very poor MP. Home to roost Anne Mac
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7:02pm Thu 6 Feb 14

John Durham says...

David Lacey wrote:
TGN once again shows that we need root and branch reform of the Commons and Lords. And Mr Durham (sounding suspiciously like Louise, don't you think) in typical Labour fashion fails to mention female only shortlists that return - guess what? - female MPs.
.
The way to bring about the political train crash we need is to vote UKIP and watch the shambles that would follow. Sometimes in order to fix something you have to trash it completely and start again.
Female short-lists get female MPs - wow, how perceptive. How we get to better representation isn't the issue - its about getting there.

As to your Louise comment - I don't understand it - it seems to be your go to insult because the other day you said some-one else on here was. I'm sure it means something to you but as I said before please explain.

But not sure UKIP is the answer - unless the idea is to give up on the country all together.
[quote][p][bold]David Lacey[/bold] wrote: TGN once again shows that we need root and branch reform of the Commons and Lords. And Mr Durham (sounding suspiciously like Louise, don't you think) in typical Labour fashion fails to mention female only shortlists that return - guess what? - female MPs. . The way to bring about the political train crash we need is to vote UKIP and watch the shambles that would follow. Sometimes in order to fix something you have to trash it completely and start again.[/p][/quote]Female short-lists get female MPs - wow, how perceptive. How we get to better representation isn't the issue - its about getting there. As to your Louise comment - I don't understand it - it seems to be your go to insult because the other day you said some-one else on here was. I'm sure it means something to you but as I said before please explain. But not sure UKIP is the answer - unless the idea is to give up on the country all together. John Durham
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