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Hunters Boss Hollinrake Wins Safe Tory Seat

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Another MP-to-be with a declared interest in property (and then some...)


The millionaire leader of Hunters franchise agency, Kevin Hollinrake, has been selected to stand as the Conservative candidate in the safe seat of Thirsk and Malton.

This means he will almost certainly become an MP at next spring’s general election.

Hunters has over 100 branches, mostly handling sales and lettings. Each franchise is run by the local owner who is also a partner in the overall business.

If Hollinrake gives up his role at Hunters upon election - and no announcement has yet been made on this - he will be a hard act to follow.

He started Hunters from just one branch in York in 1992. It then expanded in the so-called Golden Triangle area around Leeds, Harrogate, York and Wetherby, reaching 49 branches. Then in 2011 Hunters purchased the franchised branches of Countrywide’s Bairstow Eves, taking the company name across wider parts of the UK, including London for the first time.

Hollinrake has long made it public that he wants to be an MP. He was selected as Tory candidate for Dewsbury in 2007 but stood down in 2008 because of concerns over how the property slump would affect Hunters: his successes as Conservative candidate went on to win that seat in the 2010 election.

But his new seat is considered to be safer. It includes Pickering, Filey, Thirsk, Malton and Easingwold - where Hollinrake lives and is a school governor.

However, Hollinrake may require all of his business and agency acumen to succeed in what has become an acrimonious and divided local Conservative party. It has embroiled in a long-running dispute with its current Tory MP, Anne McIntosh.

McIntosh - who at 60 is 10 years older than Hollinrake - is a former MEP and has been an active member of the Westminster parliament but she was deselected by her local party early this year. Some political analysts say this came after years of so-called dirty tricks against her by local party members; others say McIntosh herself was “deeply divisive.”

Hollinrake may just be jumping from the frying pan into the fire...

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Nothing in life is certain.

Vote UKIP.

Note: I see the tory grpah was telling it's reader ship that ig UKIP get 10% of the votes then labour would get in, sounds like scaremongering to me. The votes should be thinking if UKIP get 51% of the votes, UKIP will get in.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ukip/10994493/Ukip-voters-will-make-Ed-Miliband-Prime-Minister-Labour-claims.html

Totally transparent if you ask me.

P.S. Strangely, no comments.

Edited by TheCountOfNowhere

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Several comments at the source - EAToday - where posters would like him to become housing minister...

:ph34r:

For a minute I thought that was a joke and laughed. I'm guessing it isn't.

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Ahh, the last Yorkshire properdeee tycoon standing. Maybe.

He tried before. Stood down to concentrate on his business:

2008:

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/local-stories/would-be-mp-stands-down-to-save-firm-1-2290847

Had to sell his castle:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/3209854.Historic_home_on_market_for___3_5_million/

Asked 3.5M

Got 2.,07M:

http://www.zoopla.co.uk/property/crayke-castle/church-hill/crayke/york/yo61-4ta/26630025

(I'd loveto know what he paid. He alleges he moved in ~2005. I cannot find any sold price for it. Anyone?)

Paddy about YCC - who, to give him credit, are a total shamble of p1ss:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/4141829.Hunters_estate_agent_boss_Kevin_Hollinrake_slams_York_council/

I wonder what happened to the rest of his York/Golden Triangle properdee playmates?

David Fattersly, York's very own Hotel king and scourge of tramps:

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/local-stories/empire-of-tycoon-with-towering-ambition-crumbles-1-2308939

Guy 'Anyone for Cricket' Blunder:

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/10461136.The_rise_and_fall_of_Guy_Brudenell/

(Worth a google this one)

Or Kevin Linfoot - can't read, can't write, can't do his fcking sums:

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/business-news/business-headlines/kevin-linfoot-court-snub-for-yorkshire-millionaire-with-7-5m-in-debt-1-4820334

(another worth a google)

All best friends with HBOS + RBS.

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