CALDER Valley Tory candidate Sue Catling has survived a second attempt to stop her running at the next general election.
Some members of the Calder Valley Conservative Association had put forward a motion to drop Mrs Catling as the constituency's candidate.
But at a meeting of the association in Ripponden the motion was rejected and members voted not to de-select Mrs Catling.
More than 100 people were at the meeting.
Chairman Sir Donald Thompson, a former MP for the Calder Valley, said: "We usually get good turnouts for our meetings, but this was very good. There was a very lively debate."
It was the second time Mrs Catling has had to defend her place as candidate, which she won in 2002. The first time was in February, 2003.
She had been the victim of a smear campaign, which claimed she had had an affair with the association's former chairman, Barrie Henderson.
The rumours were denied. Mr Henderson has a wife and Mrs Catling is married with two sons.
Mrs Catling, who lives in Cheshire but has a house in the Calder Valley constituency, said she was pleased to have won her second de-selection battle.
She added: "I'm absolutely delighted. It was quite a surprise to have to go through it all a second time.
"I had hoped that after last time everyone could work together.
"Everyone had an opportunity to speak at the meeting and I hope the air is now clear."
The Keighley-born businesswoman is now focusing on the forthcoming general election.
Mrs Catling said: "It is important the energies of the Calder Valley Conservative Association are used to fight our political opponents.
"We can do without internal wrangling. It only causes damage."