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Suffolk: MP Tim Yeo ‘considering his position’ after losing re-selection vote for next general election

12:26 30 November 2013

Tim Yeo

Tim Yeo

Suffolk’s longest-serving MP Tim Yeo is today fighting for his political life after losing a crucial re-selection vote to be the Conservative candidate for his South Suffolk constituency at the next general election.

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Executive council members of the South Suffolk Conservative Association last night decided not to re-adopt him for the seat he has represented since 1983.

Earlier this month the EADT reported that Mr Yeo was facing an anxious wait as South Suffolk Conservatives decided whether they wanted him to fight the next general election.

A statement from the association, issued last night, said: “The executive council of the South Suffolk Conservative Association met on the evening of Friday, November 29 and voted not to re-adopt Tim Yeo for the 2015 general election.

“Mr Yeo is now considering his position and will advise the executive council of his intended course of action.”

Mr Yeo has represented the seat, which covers much of the Babergh district, for 30 years and had been seen as an effective and hard-working MP.

At the last general election in 2010 he received 24,500 votes – a 47.75% share.

However he will be 70 by the time of the next general election in 2015 – and would be 75 by the time that parliament is due to end in 2020.

He is one of only 30 Conservatives to have won each of the last six elections and was a member of the governments of Margaret Thatcher and Sir John Major, serving in the Home Office, Foreign Office, and the Departments of Health and Environment.

When the party went into opposition in 1997 he was on the party’s front bench, although he was not offered a government position when David Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010.

In his last ministerial post, as Minister of State for the Countryside and Environment, he reformed planning laws, helped to develop climate change policy and established the Energy Saving Trust.

He was a member of the shadow cabinet from 1998 until 2005, when he resigned in order to speak freely about issues such as the environment and climate change.

In June 2010 he was elected as chairman of the House of Commons energy and climate change select committee.

The South Suffolk Conservative Association had been holding off having its meeting about his re-selection pending the result of a report by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner into claims in the Sunday Times in June that Mr Yeo had offered to coach a potential witness due to appear in front of the committee.

Mr Yeo denied the claims and referred himself to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

He was cleared of any wrongdoing earlier this month and returned to the role of chair which he had vacated in June pending the outcome of the investigation.

A number of branch officials and activists in South Suffolk were understood to believe it could be better to look for another candidate.

Some activists feel Mr Yeo’s presence in the constituency had been less obvious than before since the 2010 election – although they recognised he had taken part in more local events recently.

Mr Yeo was not commenting on the vote last night.

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18 comments

  • ONE DOWN ... MORE TO GO (WE HOPE)

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    Johnthebap

    Sunday, December 1, 2013

  • Should have got rid of him years ago. He's a self confessed adulterer and had his snout in various troughs during his time in office.

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    uk column

    Saturday, November 30, 2013

  • pandy, I know what a dolly bird is and I know what a preamp is. But I haven't come across a dolly bird preamp before.

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    Newsmaster Excalibur

    Saturday, November 30, 2013

  • you can still do a good job , if you are a sexy pig.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Saturday, November 30, 2013

  • I very strongly agree with you 'John Shirley'; how can a decent civilised country allow the killing of animals for fun. The answer, of course, lies in the fact that the wealthy have everything but feel they need more; the domination of everything is a big turn on and how best to dominate than to kill. If it were not for the huge benefits given by his Party to his wealthy chums (as tax cuts, low Council tax for mansions, big city bonuses paid by the tax payer etc etc etc) and his failure to deal with the influx of immigrants from Eastern Europe then the prevention of hunting would be THE reason to kick out the Tories as soon as we can (about 18 months time). In fact, perhaps if we ask our souls what sort of country we want then the total elimination of hunting for fun IS the main reason we need to get rid of them asap.

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    Johnthebap

    Monday, December 2, 2013

  • It seems surprising that this decision was taken by the executive council, and not by a general meeting of the constituency members. But then democracy no more exists in the Nasty Party than it does in the "New" Labour Party.

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    Boris

    Saturday, November 30, 2013

  • @ pandy, "dolly bird preamp"? Is that a new make of premium British hifi? I do hope they do a dolly bird power amp, dolly bird cd player, dolly bird turntable and dolly bird speakers. Nice.

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    Newsmaster Excalibur

    Saturday, November 30, 2013

  • I just hope central office don't try to parachute in one of their young office workers who has never done anything other than live and work in London. Mr Yeo did at least live in South Suffolk.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Saturday, November 30, 2013

  • I expect that he is worried that his supply line will be cut before he can arrange a couple of directorships.

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    blah blah

    Saturday, November 30, 2013

  • Splendid work by local Tories, trougher Yeo long overdue for the boot...

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    Jabba Catski

    Saturday, November 30, 2013

  • Mr Yeo worked hard for South Suffolk for over 30 years so it's out with the old and in with a dolly bird perhaps hope South Suffolk goes UKIP

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    pandy

    Saturday, November 30, 2013

  • I just hope they bring in someone from within the area, not parachute in one of their up and coming London office workers who have never had a "proper job".

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Saturday, November 30, 2013

  • Newsmaster you have never lived if you don't know what that is a saying for ,

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    pandy

    Saturday, November 30, 2013

  • It's a pity some people don't step aside gracefully rather than keep on regardless. It's about time someone younger had a chance.

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    Driven Roundabend

    Saturday, November 30, 2013

  • What "course of action"? This is a democracy and MP's don't 'own' their positions or have any rights to it. As was said concerning attendance at the House of Commons, the public have a right to be there, the MPs only have the privilege of being there. Any course of action other than acceptance that his MP days are over will be nothing but embarrassing for him. His bigger worry however, is that the trough of renewable energy directorships and subsidies are going to disappear, a business that he has benefitted from so far to the tune of ~£400K, maybe a lot more.

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    ilma630 .

    Saturday, November 30, 2013

  • It's a pity that we can't have Suffolk Coastal's MP deselected before she can get to vote to repeal the Hunting Act - this could see legal hare coursing return to Suffolk along with fox hunting and a return of stag hunting in the South West (the latter being the most hideous of the three)!

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    John Shirley

    Saturday, November 30, 2013

  • some one younger , like cameron you mean .you improve with age.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Saturday, November 30, 2013

  • One down .... more to go.

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    Johnthebap

    Saturday, November 30, 2013

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