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Claim constituents are losing out as MP chairs company meetings

ON THE JOB: Tim Yeo, pictured with Linda Jewers from Hadleigh pet shop, discussed small businesses in May.

ON THE JOB: Tim Yeo, pictured with Linda Jewers from Hadleigh pet shop, discussed small businesses in May.

The amount of time MP Tim Yeo spends on outside interests – for which he received more than £130,000 last year – has been described as “staggering”.

The South Suffolk MP took time out from Westminster on numerous occasions in 2013 to chair and attended meetings at companies he is associated with.

Figures from the House of Commons register of members’ financial interests show Mr Yeo was paid £29,298 for 52 hours’ work as the non-executive director of Group Eurotunnel SA, a company managing the Channel Tunnel.

His role for the Kent-based company included attending meetings and advising senior management.

The Conservative MP also earned £38,460 as chairman of TMO Renewables Ltd in Surrey, for 127 hours’ work.

Ian Berry, from Kestrel Bookshop in Sudbury, said he questioned how much time Mr Yeo, who has called for a ballot to decide if he will stand as a Tory candidate in the general election, could dedicate to the community given his other interests.

“It is quite staggering what he is up to,” said Mr Berry. “He is getting a large amount of money, but it is not about that – it is the time.”

Mr Yeo also travelled to Australia for nine days in February with the Clean Energy Council of Australia and made trips to China, Seoul and Sri Lanka for meetings.

“There are two types of MPs,” said Mr Berry. “One is a statesman who does all they can to help constituents and the other uses their title as an MP to get on the board of companies and get paid a fortune.”

Mr Yeo refused to comment this week.

 

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