Tory women's fury at 'appalling treatment' of MP Anne McIntosh

Darlington and Stockton Times: Anne McIntosh MP. Photo by John Stillwell/PA Wire. Anne McIntosh MP. Photo by John Stillwell/PA Wire.

A GROUP of female Conservative activists have disbanded a key fundraising committee over the “appalling treatment” of Yorkshire’s only Tory woman MP.

In a move that has stunned party bosses, Thirsk and Malton Conservative Association’s Women's Committee voted to dissolve itself at its annual general meeting, following Anne McIntosh being deselected by her constituency association earlier this year.

The deselection followed a feud between the MP and the leaders of the association in the safe Tory constituency, in which Miss McIntosh’s supporters claim she was subjected to a campaign of dirty tricks, partly motivated by sexism and elitism.

Retired Army major Peter Steveney, the association’s former chairman, has denied the allegations, while other former association leaders claimed they had found it impossible to work alongside Miss McIntosh, a North Yorkshire MP since 1997.

Mr Steveney also scotched suggestions the chairman of the Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee had been branded “a silly little girl”.

Some of Miss McIntosh’s supporters said today (Friday, May 9) they would no longer support the association or the party.

In a joint letter sent to numerous media organisations, leading officers of the women’s committee, which stages events to raise funds to fight elections, said the move to disband was “due to the appalling treatment of our hard working and very visible member of parliament Miss Anne McIntosh by most of the elected officers of the association”.

It stated: “We have served all our members of parliament over several decades without fear or favour for the benefit of the Conservative Party at local level, but have been horrified at the sheer nastiness of most of the officers over several years.”

The committee’s former chairman, Suzanne Everett, a lifelong Conservative activist, said the committee’s members were dismayed having devoted large amounts of time and energy over decades into supporting the association.

Mrs Everett declined to give an example of how Miss McIntosh had been treated, but said on learning the MP had been deselected, she had resigned from the party, a move which is understood to have been made by numerous other constituency party members.

Supporters of the MP, who remains undecided over her political future, are urging her to stand as an independent at the next general election.

A party source said the fresh row would cause further damage to the embattled association.

A spokesman for the association said: “We have received notification that the constituency Women's Committee wish to disband, and we thank them for their efforts and continuing contributions.”

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7:38pm Fri 9 May 14

eeoodares says...

'Mrs Everett declined to give an example of how Miss McIntosh had been treated, but said on learning the MP had been deselected, she had resigned from the party'.

You sound a bit too emotional, do not go crying to the Press to complain about people's actions and then fail to state what the appalling actions were. Either be honest and stand your ground or pipe down and let people get on with their lives!
'Mrs Everett declined to give an example of how Miss McIntosh had been treated, but said on learning the MP had been deselected, she had resigned from the party'. You sound a bit too emotional, do not go crying to the Press to complain about people's actions and then fail to state what the appalling actions were. Either be honest and stand your ground or pipe down and let people get on with their lives! eeoodares
  • Score: -16

11:38pm Fri 9 May 14

MouseHouse says...

Great start to the weekend! The nasty party tearing itself apart ha ha ha.
Great start to the weekend! The nasty party tearing itself apart ha ha ha. MouseHouse
  • Score: 69

7:42am Sat 10 May 14

Y.I.P. says...

Seems all the main parties have hit the self destruct button,vote Independent in local elections
Seems all the main parties have hit the self destruct button,vote Independent in local elections Y.I.P.
  • Score: -33

9:13am Sat 10 May 14

eeoodares says...

MouseHouse wrote:
Great start to the weekend! The nasty party tearing itself apart ha ha ha.
Yeah, we should just follow the bankrupting, war monger, millionaire party AKA Liebour.
[quote][p][bold]MouseHouse[/bold] wrote: Great start to the weekend! The nasty party tearing itself apart ha ha ha.[/p][/quote]Yeah, we should just follow the bankrupting, war monger, millionaire party AKA Liebour. eeoodares
  • Score: -55

6:11pm Sat 10 May 14

Digeorge says...

I know Suzanne and I know how she feels. Don't blame here really. the Women's Committee.

Who exactly is going to stuff and walk round with all that stuff on during elections?

I think what the party has shown is how 'pompous' they can be. 'Retired Major' comes to mind. Army ranks!
I know Suzanne and I know how she feels. Don't blame here really. the Women's Committee. Who exactly is going to stuff and walk round with all that stuff on during elections? I think what the party has shown is how 'pompous' they can be. 'Retired Major' comes to mind. Army ranks! Digeorge
  • Score: 6

8:05pm Sat 10 May 14

MouseHouse says...

eeoodares wrote:
MouseHouse wrote:
Great start to the weekend! The nasty party tearing itself apart ha ha ha.
Yeah, we should just follow the bankrupting, war monger, millionaire party AKA Liebour.
Don't start me on Labour!
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MouseHouse[/bold] wrote: Great start to the weekend! The nasty party tearing itself apart ha ha ha.[/p][/quote]Yeah, we should just follow the bankrupting, war monger, millionaire party AKA Liebour.[/p][/quote]Don't start me on Labour! MouseHouse
  • Score: -2

8:48pm Sat 10 May 14

petethefeet says...

Retired Major? Remember Fawlty Towers? " More strikes Fawlty...Don't know why we bother!" "Didn't know that you did Major!"....Tee-Hee
Retired Major? Remember Fawlty Towers? " More strikes Fawlty...Don't know why we bother!" "Didn't know that you did Major!"....Tee-Hee petethefeet
  • Score: 3

7:47am Sun 11 May 14

darloboss says...

dummy spitters ha ha
dummy spitters ha ha darloboss
  • Score: -2

8:41am Sun 11 May 14

twotonethomas says...

MouseHouse wrote:
Great start to the weekend! The nasty party tearing itself apart ha ha ha.
It sure beats the hell out of them tearing OUR wildlife apart and is much more popular with the public.
[quote][p][bold]MouseHouse[/bold] wrote: Great start to the weekend! The nasty party tearing itself apart ha ha ha.[/p][/quote]It sure beats the hell out of them tearing OUR wildlife apart and is much more popular with the public. twotonethomas
  • Score: 8

10:30am Sun 11 May 14

bambara says...

The Tory party is tearing itself apart.

So nice to see a good news story in the press for a change.
The Tory party is tearing itself apart. So nice to see a good news story in the press for a change. bambara
  • Score: 6

8:42pm Sun 11 May 14

twotonethomas says...

Digeorge wrote:
I know Suzanne and I know how she feels. Don't blame here really. the Women's Committee.

Who exactly is going to stuff and walk round with all that stuff on during elections?

I think what the party has shown is how 'pompous' they can be. 'Retired Major' comes to mind. Army ranks!
She didn't exactly try to modernise it did she.

Pro hunt, pro badger cull and anti gay marriage, she might have well of been a retired Major.
[quote][p][bold]Digeorge[/bold] wrote: I know Suzanne and I know how she feels. Don't blame here really. the Women's Committee. Who exactly is going to stuff and walk round with all that stuff on during elections? I think what the party has shown is how 'pompous' they can be. 'Retired Major' comes to mind. Army ranks![/p][/quote]She didn't exactly try to modernise it did she. Pro hunt, pro badger cull and anti gay marriage, she might have well of been a retired Major. twotonethomas
  • Score: 2

8:44pm Sun 11 May 14

twotonethomas says...

twotonethomas wrote:
Digeorge wrote:
I know Suzanne and I know how she feels. Don't blame here really. the Women's Committee.

Who exactly is going to stuff and walk round with all that stuff on during elections?

I think what the party has shown is how 'pompous' they can be. 'Retired Major' comes to mind. Army ranks!
She didn't exactly try to modernise it did she.

Pro hunt, pro badger cull and anti gay marriage, she might have well of been a retired Major.
By she, I am referring to McIntosh and not Suzanne (whoever she is).
[quote][p][bold]twotonethomas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Digeorge[/bold] wrote: I know Suzanne and I know how she feels. Don't blame here really. the Women's Committee. Who exactly is going to stuff and walk round with all that stuff on during elections? I think what the party has shown is how 'pompous' they can be. 'Retired Major' comes to mind. Army ranks![/p][/quote]She didn't exactly try to modernise it did she. Pro hunt, pro badger cull and anti gay marriage, she might have well of been a retired Major.[/p][/quote]By she, I am referring to McIntosh and not Suzanne (whoever she is). twotonethomas
  • Score: 1

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