Bookmakers have slashed the odds on Kevin Hollinrake, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Hunters Property Group, being elected MP for Thirsk & Malton after his nearest rival, and existing MP for the North Yorkshire, announced last week that she will not be seeking re-election on 7th May.
Anne McIntosh (left), the Conservative MP, confirmed she will not run as an independent in the General Election, after she was deselected by her party.
She said she would focus on returning a Tory government by campaigning for candidates in marginal seats instead. McIntosh has been the MP for Thirsk & Malton, North Yorkshire, since 1997, and was previously an MEP.
She commented, “Many have asked me to stand locally in some capacity. I am honoured but my place is within the party and I would never put personal ambition ahead of the best interests of the country, which can only be served by another Government led by David Cameron.
“To all those who have so loyally supported me and who have expressed disillusionment and a sense of being disenfranchised, I urge them to put aside their disappointment and ask them to consider that the alternative would not be good for the constituency, the Conservative Party or, indeed, the country.”
A statement from the local party said, “The Association acknowledges the work that Anne McIntosh has done in the last five years and wishes her well in the future.”
Conservatives in the Thirsk & Malton constituency last year chose estate agent, Kevin Hollinrake, as their prospective candidate for the next General Election.
Mr Hollinrake was selected to fight the marginal West Yorkshire seat of Dewsbury in 2007, but withdrew for business reasons a year later.
Bookmaker odds on Mr Hollinrake winning the seat for Thirsk & Malton are now as short as 1/33. In contrast, his nearest rival, Toby Horton of UKIP, is 25/1 to be elected on 7th May.
Mr Hollinrake (right), from Easingwold, North Yorkshire, said he was delighted to have been selected. He commented, “It’s a lifetime ambition. My parents always encouraged us to take an interest in politics and current affairs and to share our opinions around the dining room table. I did not want to be a career politician, I first wanted to prove that I could be successful in business and think that gives me the credibility and experience to be able to help to improve things at a local and national level.”
Look out for Kevin Hollinrake’s guest column in the May issue of The Negotiator magazine – out soon.