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South Suffolk: Voting to start in ballot over Yeo

09:05 20 January 2014

Tim Yeo

Tim Yeo

Ballot papers are today being sent out to members of the Conservative Party in South Suffolk as they start to consider whether they want MP Tim Yeo to fight the next general election.

The election is being run by Conservative Central Office in London, and the ballot papers are being sent out first-class to the 600 or so members of the association.

They have to be returned to London by noon on February 3 when they will be counted.

The count will be conducted by officials from the party being scrutinised by Mr Yeo, a representative of the South Suffolk Conservative Association, and local party agent Peter Burgoyne.

The result is expected to be announced during the afternoon of that day.

Mr Yeo decided to opt for an election of all association members after the executive committee of the South Suffolk Conservatives decided not to re-adopt him in November.

The election process has not been without controversy. Party rules ban either side from campaigning in the run-up to the ballot, although the threatened MP is allowed to write a personal statement for inclusion in letter with the ballot.

All other Suffolk MPs signed a letter in support of Mr Yeo which was sent to the press – as were letters in support of him from chancellor George Osborne and education secretary Michael Gove.

Last week a letter from former Conservative MP Kenneth Carlisle was sent to many members of the South Suffolk Conservative Association urging them to support Mr Yeo in the ballot.

And a website set up to support Mr Yeo’s re-selection has attracted messages from many current and former MPs as well as voters in his constituency and other members of the public.

3 comments

  • Surely the 'Con' party would like to elect someone with Honesty, Integrity and Morals ?

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    freedomf

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • I fail to understand why he has any support from the media or the public he was caught on film boasting about receiving a large amount of cash for coaching a business person how to get through an interview with yeo's own committee in order to rip of the public purse. In addition it is a matter of public record that he receives £140,000 a year to represent industry to the detriment of the residents and voters of south Suffolk, Mr Yeo's main interest in life is lining his own pockets, the interests of the public are of little concern to him. The sooner he goes the better for all.

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    David T Fisk

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • All those thinking of voting for this obnoxious man should first google "Trougher Yeo" and read the mass of reports, look at the videos (News night interview and the video by the undercover Times reporters) and study all the payments he receives from industry, the man has made a fortune in cash shares and directorships since being given his current role in government. Little wonder he has had no time for his duties as MP. He is clearly unfit for any public office

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    David T Fisk

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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