Anne McIntosh has announced she will fight the next general election as an Independent candidate after she was deselected by her own party.
In a statement, the defiant Tory MP, who serves the Thirsk and Malton constituency, said: “I have 77,000 Constituents who I have faithfully served.
“I have been an utterly loyal Member of the Conservative Party both in the European Parliament and at Westminster.
“I do not intend to be thrown aside by a small cabal.
“It is for my Constituents as a whole to dismiss me if they wish to do so.
“It is therefore my intention to stand and represent Thirsk Malton and Filey Constituency at the next General Election and I shall continue to fulfil all my Constituency and Parliamentary duties until then.”
Support for Miss McIntosh has come from Cllr Linda Cowling, the leader of Ryedale District Council.
She told the Mercury: “I think it is a sad that she is being de-selected. Anne has been a wonderful MP as far as I am concerned. To lose that level of experience is to the detriment of the district.
“I don’t know how 560 people can decide her fate when she was elected by 28,000 people.”