Conservatives cast their votes over current MP’s future

MP Anne McIntosh
MP Anne McIntosh

Ballot papers have been sent out, as grass root Conservative voters decide on who will fight to represent Filey on the Tory ticket in the 2015 General Election.

Hundreds of party activists will decide whether incumbent MP Anne McIntosh will contest for another term in office, after the local party controversially opted not to automatically re-select her.

The ongoing internal party spat has seen floods of letters sent to the Mercury this week, both for and against Ms McIntosh.

One party member even wrote a poem, an ode to the 59-year-old barrister.

The vote has been called one of the most vital political battles in the area for decades.

Should Ms McIntosh win the right to represent the party, she stands a strong chance of regaining her seat in Westminster next year.

Her constituency of Thirsk, Malton and Filey is one of the safest Tory strongholds in the country.

Currently she enjoys a healthy majority of more than 11,000.

In a bid to try to sway the vote prior to the ballot, Ms McIntosh sent out a newsletter seeking the support of the constituency’s 540 Conservative members, including a glowing endorsement from David Cameron.

The ballot results will be made available on January 31.