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South Suffolk: Constituency to get new MP as Tim Yeo is dropped by Tories

PUBLISHED: 09:16 04 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:16 04 February 2014

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South Suffolk will have a new MP after the next election after Tim Yeo was dropped in ballot of the members of the constituency Conservative Association.

The result was announced today after the votes were counted at the party’s central office in Westminster.

Mr Yeo’s fate was sealed in a short statement from the party: “The South Suffolk Conservative Association have voted not to re-adopt Tim Yeo MP as their candidate for the next General Election.

“Selection for the South Suffolk constituency will be opened in due course.”

It is understood that 82% of the constituency’s Conservative Association members took part in the ballot – and that Mr Yeo lost by about 230 votes to 265.

The decision means the South Suffolk association can now look for a new candidate to fight the seat at the next general election.

After the result of the ballot was declared, Mr Yeo issued a statement saying: “It has been a privilege to serve as MP for South Suffolk since 1983. I will continue to work for all my constituents until the General Election next year.

“I am immensely grateful to all those Conservative Party members who voted for me to continue as their MP. I now ask them all to campaign for my successor with the same loyalty and dedication they have shown to me.

“I will give my full and unqualified support to whoever is chosen as the candidate here in South Suffolk. I wish him or her every success.”

Toby Kramers, Chairman of South Suffolk Conservative Association said: “This has been a difficult time for the Association. Our priority now is to work together for success in the European elections later this year and in the General Election in 2015.”

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8 comments

  • Why no figures a cover up ?,it will be interesting to see who they get next someone from out side Suffolk or a local person ,

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    pandy

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • A bit of an odd headline this - it sort of assumes that Tim Yeo would otherwise automatically be re-elected in 2015 (as a Tory in a safe seat). With a majority of 8,689, hardly earth-shatteringly large, it's more than possible that someone else, even from another party, will get a go now.

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    IpswichExile

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • pandy i said give the proper figures in the first place.being 79 years old i did go to school .

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • if you read the report you would see that the true number of votes for and against have not been given only estimated a child could see that ,but ---

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    pandy

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • what the heck are you talking about pandy?

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • why not give the proper figures [ this could have been fixed]

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Excellent news. Just what is needed more retired politicians.

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    David S

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Excellent news. Just what is needed more retired politicians.

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    David S

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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