South Suffolk: Westminster reaction to Tim Yeo’s decision to fight party executive

Pictured is Tim Yeo. Pictured is Tim Yeo.

Thursday, December 12, 2013
3:04 PM

South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo is taking his fight to stand at the next election to his party grassroots - a move that has been backed by a Westmnister colleague who suffered the same fate last month.

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Former minister Crispin Blunt said the Mr Yeo was “absolutely right” to fight the recent decision of his party executive not to re-adopt him, by using Tory rules to put it to a full membership vote.

In a statement yesterday Mr Yeo said a postal vote of the 600 members would take place next year to allow them to decide if they want him to stand as candidate in the 2015 general election.

Mr Blunt was given the backing of rank-and-file Conservatives in his Reigate and Banstead constituency just a few weeks ago, despite his party hierarchy refusing to give him their support.

The former Army officer, who lost his job as prisons minister in last autumn’s reshuffle, worked with Mr Yeo as a shadow minister a decade ago and described him as an “immensely talented” MP.

At a South Suffolk constituency meeting last month Mr Yeo was told he had been de-selected to stand at the next election.

A South Suffolk Conservative spokesman said last night: “Mr Yeo has decided to go for a postal ballot and the association will now be observing the process and no further statement will be issued until after the close of the process.”

The executive decision came after Mr Yeo was cleared in an investigation by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner after claims he had offered to coach a potential witness due to attend a committee he chairs.

Mr Yeo strongly denied any wrong-doing and referred himself to the commissioner. He was cleared in a report published last month.

He returned to his role as chairman of the energy and climate change committee after temporarily stepping down while the investigation was ongoing.

Mr Blunt described Mr Yeo as an incredible asset to the Conservative team in Suffolk.

“There are a lot of young and new members of parliament there and as a region you need one or two elder statesmen there who know how to get around the system. He has just demonstrated that on the A14. It is incredibly important for the Tory party to have someone of that experience and stature.”

He added that from his experience, he advised Mr Yeo to go out and make the case to members.

“They are one removed from the executive when there is always an element of personal relationships that come into it. I hope that the membership of his party think about the wider interests of the Tory party, as well as continue to have a Member of Parliament for Suffolk who is immensely talented in his own right.”

In the statement Mr Yeo said he had consulted widely among local Conservatives in the last few days.

“Many of them have expressed support for me and want to vote on whether I should be their candidate at the next election,” he said.

“I believe they should now have that chance.”

He added: “Whatever their decision is I will continue to work hard to secure a Conservative victory in South Suffolk as I have done ever since I was first chosen as the candidate for this constituency.”

Under the rules of the Conservative Party a postal ballot, the outcome of which is binding, can be held in the event of a party executive deciding not to re-select a candidate.

Voting papers will be sent to party members on January 20.

11 comments

  • They do need to get rid of the olde 'dead meat' to make way fro UKIP !!!

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    freedomf

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • I think it is time for him to go

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    BobE

    Friday, December 13, 2013

  • He can do as he likes, but he has no inherent right to any seat just because he is the sitting MP or within the party political tax for perks system. I would be greatfull if two Conservatives cancel each other out and a third, truly local and Independent candidate wins the seat. Anything rather than party politicians, they are poison to our interests, totally committed to their own vested interests, personal enrichment whilst being in lieu, hook line and sinker, with the establishment.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, December 14, 2013

  • good on you Tim go for it

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    pandy

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • No Gobby. If he stands and the Cameron Cutie who will no doubt be put forward stands then neither of them will win. Adios Tories of South Suffolk!

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    alecto

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Blue & White that is total rubbish. I suggest you go and "read" whatever national news that is, rather than going by second hand information. IPSA has imposed a 9.26% increase in salary, which the three party leaders are committed to refusing. IPSA say they are then linking MPs pay to average pay - if average pay doesn't go up, nor will MPs pay - and scrapping resettlement grants and downgrading their pensions. MPs bear a great deal of responsibility for a lot of things that aren't great about this country at the moment. But when they set their own pay, it never went up by 9.26%. They aren't stupid! By the way, it is worth asking candidates if they will be accepting this pay rise, which will be for new MPs after the next election. They could choose to give the balance to charity...

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    IpswichSpy

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • In the national news it's just been announced that MPs have voted themselves an 11% pay rise, and this has been granted and confirmed by an "independent" commission. No wonder that Tim Yeo is fighting desperately to stay on as a MP, is it? All in it together... or all snouts in the trough together.

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    blue&white

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Obnoxious character.

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    David White

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Why not create your very own YEO MUST GO! badgeposterT-shirt etc. Here's how: Typeface: Gill Sans Ultra Bold caps, centred, auto spaced, in 3 lines (obviously). Pantone colours: YEO in 293 blue, MUST and GO! in Rubine Red (sort of claret, because the tories like claret). There you have it! A strong typographic image, suitable for any use. Public domain, no copyright, I refuse to take any money - unlike our great British MP's.

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    DUDLEY JOHN DAVIES

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • While the decison rightly rests with the graasroots, I hope they vote him out. He seems to be a typical careerist politican who goes whichever way the wind is blowing and is putting his personal interests before those of his party and his country. Another factor I would urge the grassroots to consider is whether he is the man who can see off the UKIP challenge?

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    Gobby

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • He's a good man is Tim, well that's what he said.

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    Old Long Balls

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

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