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David James Mackintosh (born 2 April 1979) is a British Conservative Party politician. He was the Member of Parliament for Northampton South from the May 2015 general election to the 2017 general election.[1] Prior to his election to Parliament, he worked as a political consultant in the European Parliament and the Conservatives before being elected to the County and Borough councils, rising to become Leader of Northampton Borough Council in 2011.

David Mackintosh
Member of Parliament
for Northampton South
In office
8 May 2015 – 3 May 2017
Preceded byBrian Binley
Succeeded byAndrew Lewer
Leader of the Northampton Borough Council
In office
7 November 2011 – 10 October 2013
DeputyMary Markham
Preceded byDavid Palethorpe
Succeeded byMary Markham
Member of the Northampton Borough Council
for Rectory Farm
In office
9 May 2011 – 11 May 2015
Preceded byJamie Lane
Succeeded byJames Hill
Personal details
Born (1979-04-02) 2 April 1979 (age 40)
Northampton, England
Political partyConservative
Alma materDurham University

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EducationEdit

Mackintosh was educated at Roade School, a state comprehensive school in Roade in Northamptonshire, followed by Durham University,[2] where he studied Politics.[3]

Political careerEdit

After his graduation in 2001, Mackintosh worked as a political counsellor in the European Parliament until 2004, before leaving to assume a post at Conservative Campaign Headquarters as a political consultant to the Conservative Party. He was elected to Northamptonshire County Council for Ecton Brook on 4 June 2009 and to Northampton Borough Council for Rectory Farm in 2011. In May 2010, Mackintosh was appointed as Cabinet Member for Strategy, Communications and External Relations. He had previously held the position of Assistant Cabinet Member for Leadership and Strategic Support.[4] He served as leader of Northampton Borough Council – the youngest the council has ever had – from November 2011 until his election to parliament. In addition, he served as cabinet member for Community Services.[5]

Mackintosh was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[6]

Mackintosh was facing the prospect of being deselected by his local party, but he announced he would not stand in the June 2017 general election.[7]

ControversiesEdit

Sale of Sekhemka statueEdit

In July 2014, while Leader of Northampton Borough Council, Mackintosh was responsible for the controversial sale of the Sekhemka statue which led to the Arts Council removing accreditation from the Northampton Museums.[8] The Ancient Egyptian statue had been given by the Marquess of Northampton to Northampton Museum around 1870.

Mackintosh was awarded the title "Philistine of the Year" by Private Eye magazine for approving the sale of the statue, which the Save Sekhemka Action Group called the "darkest cultural day in [Northampton's] history".[9]

Unsecured Council loan to property developerEdit

When Mackintosh was leader of the borough council, the authority made a £13.5m loan to Northampton Town football club, intended to pay for improvements at the club's Sixfields Stadium, including a new east stand. However, the project collapsed with £10.25m owed to the council.[10]

In November 2015, both the BBC and The Guardian newspaper reported that Howard Grossman, the director of a company responsible for rebuilding Northampton Town's Sixfields Stadium, had provided a £6,195 undeclared payment to Mackintosh's election campaign. Three other businessmen, with links to Grossman, each reportedly made donations of £10,000 to Mackintosh's campaign; one of them admitting to a journalist that he was given the money by Grossman and instructions to pay it to Mackintosh's parliamentary campaign fund. In September 2013, while Mackintosh was still leader, the council had provided an unsecured loan to the company which went into administration owing them millions of pounds.[11][12] The BBC reported that the police had started an investigation into alleged irregularities surrounding the loan. On 29 July 2016, Northamptonshire Police confirmed the Electoral Commission had asked them to investigate the three donations totalling £30,000.[13] On the 28th of March 2018 the BBC reported that Mackintosh had attended a voluntary interview with police under caution on Monday the 26th of March 2018. The BBC also reported that whilst attending the interview police officers attended Mackintosh's home for several hours and took items away.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Northampton South parliamentary constituency – Election 2015 – BBC News". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  2. ^ "UK Polling Report – Northampton South". UK Polling Report. Retrieved 23 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Northamptonshire County Council – David Mackintosh profile". Northamptonshire County Council. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  4. ^ "Councillor David Mackintosh". South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP). Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  5. ^ Carr, Tim; Dale, Iain; Waller, Robert (25 June 2015). The Politicos Guide to the New House of Commons 2015: Profiles of the New MPs and Analysis of the 2015 General Election Results. Biteback Publishing. ISBN 1849549230.
  6. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Northampton Town loan: MP David Mackintosh to stand down". 27 April 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Arts Council Announces Date For Review of Northampton Museums Accreditation". Northampton Herald and Post. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Private Eye names Northampton Borough Council leader Philistine of the Year - BBC News". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 10 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Northampton Town loan sours MP and party relationship". BBC News. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  11. ^ Julian Sturdy and Matt Precey (25 November 2015). "MP's party received payment from Northampton Town developer". BBC news. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  12. ^ David Conn (25 November 2015). "Northampton loan inquiry widens to include donation to Conservative MP David Mackintosh". Guardian newspapers. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  13. ^ "'Hidden payments' to Northampton South MP's fund probed by police". BBC News. 28 July 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Brian Binley
Member of Parliament
for Northampton South

20152017
Succeeded by
Andrew Lewer