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Suffolk: After “very close” defeat, Tim Yeo says he will not seek re-election elsewhere

22:18 03 February 2014

Tim Yeo the Shadow Environment and Transport Minister addresses conference today Tuesday 5th OCt 2004  at the Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouh See PA story TORY Lead :.PA Photo Andrew Parsons
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Tim Yeo the Shadow Environment and Transport Minister addresses conference today Tuesday 5th OCt 2004 at the Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouh See PA story TORY Lead :.PA Photo Andrew Parsons EADT 19 10 04 ES 4 01 05 ES 8 05 06 EADT 1 05 07

Tim Yeo claimed the vote of South Suffolk Conservatives which saw him defeated in his bid to stand for parliament in 2015 had been “very close”.

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But the South Suffolk MP said he would not seek re-election either as an independent or in another seat, claiming as a Tory “loyalist” he was gunning for a majority in the seat.

The chairman of the Commons Energy and Climate Change select committee, who spent the day at Conservative Headquarters in Westminster watching the postal vote count, claimed that his support for gay marriage, strong views on climate change and support for the European Union were not “universally held” in the constituency, as he reflected on his defeat last night.

But he also praised party members who had worked hard to secure him a majority for so many years.

Mr Yeo, who was told by his executive in November that he would not automatically be re-selected to stand, refuted claims that he was not a visible constituency MP.

Executive member Simon Barrett wrote in a national newspaper running up to the vote: “People are puzzled why he lives in Sandwich, Kent, 125 miles away, next door to his beloved Royal St George’s Golf Club, rather than beautiful and historic Sudbury.” But Mr Yeo said he has had a house in the constituency for 31 years, where he was almost every weekend. “That is what it is reasonable to expect a member to do and during the week I am expected to be in Westminster.”

He also defended his work as chairman of the Energy and Climate Change select committee and highlighted that he was holding people to account, claiming he had given power companies a “roasting” last month.

“I was doing my job and the job of an MP is not only in the constituency. I was a minister in John Major’s government, I was in the shadow cabinet under three leaders and chairman of a select committee for two terms.”

The South Suffolk MP said he had been contacted by party members asking for a ballot after he was de-selected by the executive last year. “I thought it was important that the whole of the constituency party had their chance to have their say. I had support from the Prime Minister, the Chancellor, Michael Gove and the other Suffolk MPs. They wanted me to continue.

“I am one of the most influential backbenchers. They believed I had a great deal to offer for another term. My party members disagree.”

He added that he was extremely proud of his record as an MP and there were a number of campaigns that he knew “could not have been achieved” without his leadership, including an eight year campaign for a new health facility in Sudbury and the campaign against pylons “across our most beautiful countryside”.

“I wouldn’t try to play politics. I wanted to make sure we got the right outcome.

“This is the sort of thing I believe I have done. I can also point to many individuals over the years who have been helped by my intervention.”

He said that in his final months as an MP he would continue to speak out on issues like climate change.

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2 comments

  • 'The Original Victor Meldrew' - you're a pillock. No MP goes back to the constituency during the week, that's just the way it works. You elect them to represent you in Westminster, not in the constituency.

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    TD

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Time to move on. Let us see what pressure is applied to get an unknown face, never worked outside politics from Tory HQ's appointed as the next candidate. What's more, they will say "I will live in the constitency if elected". Which actually means at weekends only. Not that much different to Tim Yeo.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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