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Suffolk: Prime Minister backs MP Tim Yeo’s bid to stand again in 2015

12:59 26 January 2014

Tim Yeo

Tim Yeo

Prime Minister David Cameron has thrown his weight behind South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo’s bid to be re-selected to stand in 2015 just days after the ballot papers went out.

In a letter to Mr Yeo, his boss hailed his “expertise in rural issues and the environment”, which he said had been of very real benefit to the party and the country.

He said it would be “great loss” to Mr Yeo’s constituents, to parliament and the Conservative Party if the vote does not go Mr Yeo’s way.

It comes after previous letters from the Chancellor and the Education Secretary were given to the press by Mr Yeo, angering some of the party executive who voted to de-select him.

They have alleged that Mr Yeo is not playing by the rules of the election, which say the executive should not make any representations, and the MP is allowed to send out a single A4 sheet which is distributed with the election ballots - a charge Mr Yeo denies.

Long-standing committee member Simon Barrett, who is also deputy chairman of Babergh District Council’s strategy committee, wrote a piece for the Daily Mail last week setting out his opposition to Mr Yeo, after the incumbent MP made his letters of support public.

The executive decided to de-select Mr Yeo last year, but under the rules of the Conservative Party an MP can put his position to the whole of the party, which Mr Yeo did.

In his letter Mr Cameron said: “You have served your constituency of South Suffolk for over three decades - a record of which you can be enormously proud. I very much hope you will be selected to stand as the Conservative representative for this seat again, so that you can fight to continue representing your constituents in the next parliament as you have always done in the past with tenacity and commitment.

“Your considerable expertise in rural issues and the environment has been of real benefit to our party and our country.

“You have always provided a strong voice for the people of Suffolk and it would be a great loss to your constituents, to parliament, and to the Conservative Party if the South Suffolk Conservative Association did not re-select you so that you can continue providing that steadfast representation.”

6 comments

  • When the Old Etonian "out-of-touch" toff Cameron needs to publicly back any of his equally"out of touch" toffs in his clique, then is the time that the whole rotten lot of them were dumped at the polls by the working majority who never had the opportunity of such a privileged education.

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    Steve Blake

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

  • Personally, as a UKIP supporter, I hope Mr Yeo remains. With all the controversy about his outside interests, he will be even less likely to retain the seat at a general election.

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    davidsuffolk

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

  • Having not seen much of mr Yeo in the last 3years all of a sudden he is every where tv, radio,meeting etc what a difference the threat of the sack makes, the next one needs to live local and keep his or hers consecration on the people of South Suffolk not on making money for businesses ,like Yeo has

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    pandy

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

  • The so called 'government' of this country is supposed to be a 'democracy' ?, not an olde boys club !!!

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    freedomf

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

  • First Osborne and Gove with an open letter of support, and now Cameron. The Conservatives seem determined to pile the pressure onto the local South Suffolk association. What if the vote goes against Tim Yeo, will Conservative HQ then force Tim onto them regardless? If he is ousted, alternatively will we expect a parachuted-in Cameron A-lister?

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    Steven Whalley

    Monday, January 27, 2014

  • Well said 'freedomf'; in this government they look after their chums.

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    Johnthebap

    Sunday, January 26, 2014

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