Yeo 'considers his position' after South Suffolk deselection


South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo was deselected in a secret ballot

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What a week for Tim Yeo. No sooner was he given the all clear by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards following a Sunday Times undercover sting than he was given his marching orders by his own constituency association.

After 30 years as an MP, the former Environment Minister and current chairman of the influential Energy and Climate Change Select Committee will have to stand down in 2015, unless he wins an appeal.

The South Suffolk MP is "considering his position" but had previously told us that he wanted to stand again.

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I am used, on these issues, to sometimes having to plough a lonely furrow”

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If he appeals, the decision will be made by the whole of the membership of the Tory Party in South Suffolk, not simply its executive.

Although Mr Yeo was cleared of any wrongdoing, the footage of him boasting to undercover reporters cannot have done anything to help, nor might his support for gay marriage or his lack of hostility to the EU.

He's also been a controversial voice on green policies and told us recently that he didn't agree with cutting green taxes.

Asked whether he was out on a limb he replied: "I am used, on these issues, to sometimes having to plough a lonely furrow."

Those words sound prescient now. It hadn't gone unnoticed that on occasions, when the newer intake of Suffolk MPs worked in concert, he was noticeable by his absence.

Now, instead of making a dignified exit, we have the spectacle of an elder statesman of the Conservative Party having the decision made for him that it's time to go.

Deborah McGurran, Political editor, East of England Article written by Deborah McGurran Deborah McGurran Political editor, East of England

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