February 10th, 2014

Tapsell Offers £10,000 to Pay for Thirsk Open Primary

The Tories are split on what to do about the deselection of marmite-like Anne McIntosh. While some are hoping she will go quietly and drop her threats to stand as an independent in the seat, Tory grandee Sir Peter Tapsell rose at a meeting of Tory MPs with a different plan. In yesterday’s Sun Guido revealed the Father of House said he would give £10,000 from his own pocket to pay for an open primary in McIntosh’s Thirsk seat. “Sir Peter is concerned that if McIntosh is given a peerage, there will be one less available for him,” quips one colleague.


  1. 1
    Cymro oddi ar y llinell says:

    One fewer.

  2. 2
    Dianne Abbot says:

    Is that Anthony Hopkins? He could feast on me any day!!!

  3. 3
    Alex the Poorer says:

    As Blackadder might quip ‘Now if that is not an attempt to buy a peerage, bend me over and bugger me with one of Baldricks turnips’

  4. 4
    Chris Bryant says:

    I’m free!

  5. 5
    Eric Pickles says:

    Did you have Mr Kipling’s apple pies and fizzy orange juice, if so I am jealous.

  6. 6
    Mitch says:

    It doesn’t matter either way – the Conservatives have said she can’t be their candidate?

  7. 7
    Mitch says:

    Who has ten grand to interfere in local selections? How could such a primary be seen as independent and fair with that slug chipping in “because I paid for it”?

  8. 8
  9. 9
    Ravinder Gupta says:

    Why are they talking about themselves when there are floods to fix and Labour lead in the polls?

    Is there a parliamentary session reserved for navel-gazing? If so perhaps they should do it on their own time, not the taxpayers?

  10. 10
    Jeremiah says:

    Well we seem to do what Yanks do so why not primaries, it would stop a small cabal and central offices from placing their favoured ones in jobbies for life seats and could get people in that the electorship really want, and not just someone thrust upon them.

  11. 11
    Vince Cable says:

    I don’t remember Anne… Oh, wait, this is nothing to do with Lib Dem perverts. Sorry, force of habit. As you were.

  12. 12
    Bob says:


    I would not accept a peerage even if they gave me 10 grand or more

    Can any normal person imagine sitting with a bunch of Ermine Vermin?

    Fancy meeting Gorbals Mick, Mandelecum and Rennard in one day

    I would punch their fucking lights out

  13. 13
    Myleene Klass says:

    Mark Pritchard said I was very good-looking and I would stand a good chance of getting a safe Tory seat if I joined the party and went to the right secret meetings and played the right games. Then he asked whether Myleene wasn’t a bit unusual for a boy’s name. I think he was a bit smashed, actually.

  14. 14
    Eric Pickle-Pants says:


  15. 15
    Shergar says:

    Why cant this fucking woman accept that the majority of the membership dont want her,this talk of an open primary is just bollox,why should members of the Tory Party,yes I am one pay 25 quid membership and then let chavs off the street choose the candidate.If she had given more time to the local party she wouldnt be min this state.If she stands as an Independent so be it she will get trounced.She is hated by most of the working members and isnt popular in the area,my message to her is fuck off and do one.

  16. 16
    The INLA says:

    Shergar – shut the f*&^ up or we’ll cut off your other legs

  17. 17
    Baroness Udders says:

    Mmm £300 a day for signing my name plus loads of other bennies – are you mad

  18. 18
    Uncle Fester says:

    The voters of T and M should chip in £10k to see the back of her

  19. 19
    Auntyestab says:

    Anne Makintosh should make way for Cameron`s man who has a God given right to the seat being an old Eatonian.

  20. 20
    Auntie Duggan says:

    Actually his name is Edward Legard and he is a great bloke whether he was educated at Eton or not.

  21. 21
    Taps o thristle says:

    The idea of a primary is nonsense. She is whinging about being de-selected by just a few members but it was a majority decision. Weren’t they the same few that voted for her selection in the first place, and would that few not be many more if 400 or so members hadn’t either resigned or not renewed their membership since the last time they failed to get rid of her in 2009? If anyone doubts why the locals don’t like her just think about this. How come the current Chairman could go from being her champion at that 2009 vote to spending the best part of a year and a considerable amount of his retirement trying to oust her?. My bet is that she has done her dough on getting a red seat and this together with the fairly serious drop in pension she will suffer by being de-selected is what keeps her minded to fight on. Someone who loves her should do the decent thing and tell her that enough is enough. This all just plays into the hands of the disaffected tories who think that the parliamentary party ignore the grass-roots and who are all wondering about jumping on the Farage barrage.

  22. 22
    Old bag says:

    Our anne is and always has been ruled by money. Stay longer in the house and get a larger pension.

    Anne I thought you hate the posh. What do your family think about your remarks? Doctors daughter educated at one of the most expensive girls schools in the country – Harrogate ladies college. Mind you she is no lady.

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