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South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo gets new computer equipment just months before standing down

12:15 15 January 2015

MP Tim Yeo

MP Tim Yeo

Suffolk MP Tim Yeo has spent more than £1,000 on computers and monitors just months before he stands down as an MP.

The South Suffolk politician spent the money before he would have been banned from doing so under House of Commons rules, which prevent MPs from buying expensive new equipment when a General Election is six months away.

All the claims, which were approved by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority which controls MPs’ expenses, were made in the weeks leading up to September 30. There is no suggestion he broke any rules.

MPs are asked to pass on IT equipment to their successors, or a charity, when they leave the Commons, but that is only guidance and they can keep the equipment if they prefer.

Mr Yeo has not responded to East Anglian Daily Times requests for a comment. Mr Yeo, 69, who was deselected by his local party last year, claimed £1,319 for two computers and monitors.

The spending on new computers emerged in the latest published expenses claims, up to the cut-off date of September 30.

He was one of a number of MPs who will not be in the House of Commons after May 7 who spent taxpayer money on computer equipment.

Mr Yeo, who has been MP for South Suffolk since 1983, and was a member of the Margaret Thatcher and John Major governments, was deselected as the general election candidate by his party last year. Babergh district councillor James Cartlidge, who lives in Assington, near Sudbury, was selected as the Conservative candidate for the General Election in his place.

Mr Yeo is the chairman of the energy and climate change select committee.

He has made thousands of pounds from work outside his job as an MP over the last year. He is a chairman of AFC Energy, a company developing alkaline fuel cell technology; chairman of TMO Renewables Limited; a non-executive director of Groupe Eurotunnel SA, the company managing the Channel Tunnel; and chairman of Albion Community Power.

He is also an advisor to Edulink Consultants, which provides education services in Dubai and Uganda, and also helps strategic communications consultancy Meade Hall & Associates on matters relating to the construction of new nuclear power stations in Europe.

9 comments

  • He is so crooked that he will probably need them to use them once he is made a Lord.

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    Teafortwo

    Saturday, January 17, 2015

  • £1300 for two systems? They can't be very good ones. Let him have them, he clearly doesn't know what he's doing, senile old fool.

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    Marc Turner

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • I was going to write a long message about the elite, corruption, gravy trains etc but then I realised it was a waste of time. So whilst Tory cuts are digging deep into NHS, Social Services, Local Govt etc our MP is doing rather well. Quelle surprise!

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    Red Robbo

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Smug looking B. The whole lot in parliament are litte more than dishonest scroungers. There,s far too many of them, 200 tops should be able to run this tiny little peepot of a country, especially as most of the legislation imposed on us comes from an even more over populated, over paid bunch of crooks in Brussels, many of whom are not even elected.

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    baz of bury

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Give him the computers...He is clearly hard up! Don't want to see such an honourable cry.

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    deeber

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • I used to support- vote for him until all the revelations came out and he was de-selected. I have to wonder what work he has done as an MP since then (apart from buying these computers and monitors). No public notices re MP surgeries with constituents etc. Has anyone seen him in the area lately or even on TV @ questions to the Prime Minister on Wednesdays because I haven't? Or is it a case that he can do no parliamentary work until May but still get paid his salary and expenses?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • How does this guy differ from a benefits cheat ? Simple. He is allowed to under HoP rules to do this, yet morally he is worse. There is no hope for this country with these type of greedy upper class twits in charge. God help us all.

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    cloggy XI

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • When did he find time to work as an MP? When they can use the MP title to pull strings and land lucrative financial contracts is it surprising so many MP's put their own interests in front of the electorate!

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    jeremy charles

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • He should donate them to a local charity-perhaps helping the well savaged unemployed in his constituency?

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    John Shirley

    Thursday, January 15, 2015

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