South Suffolk: MP Tim Yeo to fight for his seat with party ballot

Tim Yeo, right, with his agent Peter Burgoyne at the election count in 2010. Tim Yeo, right, with his agent Peter Burgoyne at the election count in 2010.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
3:39 PM

Tim Yeo is taking his fight to save his political career to all his party members by giving them a binding postal vote.

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The South Suffolk MP, who was de-selected by his party executive last month, has said 600 members of the South Suffolk Conservatives will be given a vote in the new year to say if they want him to stand as their candidate in the general election in 2015.

In a statement Mr Yeo said he had consulted widely among local Conservatives in the last few days.

“Many of them have expressed support for me and want to vote on whether I should be their candidate at the next election,” he said.

“I believe they should now have that chance.”

Under the rules of the Conservative Party a postal ballot, the outcome of which is binding, can be held for this purpose. Arrangements for this ballot are now being made and voting papers will be sent to Party members on January 20.

Mr Yeo added: “I am delighted that more than six hundred Party members are eligible to vote in this ballot. Whatever their decision is I will continue to work hard to secure a Conservative victory in South Suffolk as I have done ever since I was first chosen as the candidate for this constituency.”

5 comments

  • So 25,000 voted conservative in his constituency. 600 are eligible to choose whether he is adopted and in practice the number will be much less. Why not a primary election where all conservatives get a say?

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    PeterIpswich

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

  • There really is no hope for my former party if they do not stick to their guns and deselect this hypocritical, slimy trougher.

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    Neil Jennison

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • @BobbyH..It does not really matter whom they 'pick' !, they will get 'slaughtered' !!!

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    freedomf

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • typically self entitled, I trust the Conservative party members have already received the message that their MP has had his day and is tainted by taking cash from outside his primary job of looking after his constituents. I just hope they pick a local applicant and not a Tory head office clone.

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    BobbyH

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

  • Yeo, what part of 'they do not want you' do you not understand ?, mind you that goes for more than half the electorate of this country !!

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    freedomf

    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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