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South Suffolk: Yeo loses battle to remain Conservative MP

17:57 03 February 2014

Tim Yeo

Tim Yeo

South Suffolk Conservative MP Tim Yeo has failed in his battle to fight the seat again for the party at the next general election.


Members of the South Suffolk Conservative Association voted against re-adopting him in a full ballot.

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.”

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

The future for Mr Yeo is unclear. He will remain the constituency’s MP until the next election. In theory he could fight again as an independent, or put himself forward to another constituency.

However as he will be 70 by the time the next general election comes around, that could be a tall order.

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.”



  • So what? Is this news?

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    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Mr Yeo issued a statement saying: “It has been a privilege to serve as MP for South Suffolk since 1983". He continued, "I couldn't think of a better constituency to represent from my home in Kent while I jet off round the world shoving my snout in the trough. My bank manager will be disappointed."

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    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Good riddance ,pity he doesn't take his mates Cameron,Osborne and Gove with him wherever he goes

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    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Well who is to be the next South Suffolk Conservative candidate? Will it be another absentee 'Bufton Tufton' type, or a PR approved slick-haired candidate from Cameron's A-list, or even Boris Johnson, who is looking for somewhere to hang his hat? Congratulations though, to the local Conservative association for taking this very bold action.against Tim Yeo.

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    Steven Whalley

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • I'm sure there will be a last minute scramble for a few more directorships.

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    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • bye bye good riddens

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    cant believe it

    Monday, February 3, 2014


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    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • Who cares?

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    Driven Roundabend

    Monday, February 3, 2014

  • That's a shame (snout in the trough)

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    Monday, February 3, 2014

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