McIntosh: "No Plans" to Join UKIP - "Good Case for Independent Candidate"
2:46pm 10th October 2014
Malton MP Anne McIntosh says she has "no plans" to join UKIP but says there is a "good case for an independent candidate" in her Thirsk & Malton seat.
Anne McIntosh has been speaking to Minster FM after last night's by-election results in Heywood in Manchester and Clacton in Essex.
UKIP came second in Heywood to Labour but won the Clacton seat from the Conservatives, in an area where Anne McIntosh was the MEP between 1989 and 1999.
Anne McIntosh campaigned in Clacton for the Conservative candidate Giles Watling and told Minster FM she was confident the UKIP win was "a blip" and he and the Conservative Party would win at next May's general election.
Anne McIntosh gave her reaction to the results:
However, there have been suggestions Anne McIntosh could stand for UKIP in Thirsk & Malton, after losing a selection battle to be the Conservative candidate at next May's general election to Kevin Hollingrake.
When asked if her opposition on issues like same-sex marriage could see her join UKIP she told Minster FM
"Perhaps there's a good case for an independent candidate."
"I do embrace traditional conservative values, I do believe those values have served this constituency and, may I say, the constituency of Clacton extremely well. I will continue to embrace conservative values going forward."
You can hear Anne McIntosh talk about the speculation on her future here:
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