BREAKING NEWS: Leader of Northampton Borough Council David Mackintosh will not seek re-election in May

Councillor David Mackintosh has ended months of speculation by announcing he will step down as leader of the borough council in May.
Councillor David Mackintosh has ended months of speculation by announcing he will step down as leader of the borough council in May.

Leader of Northampton Borough Council David Mackintosh has announced he is to stand down as leader of the authority in May.

The news means Councillor Mackintosh will not seek re-election at the May borough council elections as he concentrates on his campaign to become the Member of Parliament for Northampton South.

Councillor Mackintosh said he was taking “nothing for granted” but wanted to be clarify his future plans.

He said: “It has been an immense privilege to lead the Borough Council for the town where I was born and grew up, but it’s important for me to be clear about my future plans ahead of the election.

“I am working very hard to be elected to Parliament in May but I think people need to know that, if I’m elected as their MP, that I will be a full-time Member of Parliament and give the job my full commitment.”

Councillor Mackintosh added that he was ‘hugely grateful’ to the people of Rectory Farm who have elected him three times to serve the ward.

He said: “I have worked hard for the area and hope to continue representing the area, and the rest of Northampton South, in Parliament after May.

“I take nothing for granted with the election and will continue to get out and about to listen to people’s concerns ahead of the General Election on 7th May but will always be immensely proud to have served as Leader of the town I love.”

Councillor Mackintosh will remain as the county councillor for Billing and Rectory Farm but, if elected as an MP, will not seek re-election at the next county council elections.

He will remain Leader of the borough council until the authority’s election results are declared on the evening of Friday, May 8.

His final engagement will be a Service of Remembrance to mark the 70th anniversary of VE-Day that afternoon.

Councillor Mackintosh was elected as a Borough Councillor in May 2011 and, in October 2011, became the youngest ever Leader of Northampton Borough Council, taking over from Councillor David Palethorpe.

He was selected as the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Northampton South in December 2013 at an Open Primary which was open to all voters in the constituency to take part.