MP urged to meet voters in person and explain claims

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Sudbury residents have called for MP Tim Yeo to hold a public meeting explaining his side of accusations that he used his position to benefit personal business interests.

Mr Yeo, MP for South Suffolk for 20 years, was filmed by undercover reporters from The Sunday Times allegedly boasting he had coached a business partner before a meeting with the Government’s energy and climate change committee, which Mr Yeo chairs.

He is also accused of discussing an offer to promote a fake business to ministers and other influential figures, in exchange for a £7,000 per day consultancy fee. Mr Yeo, who denies the accusations, has referred himself to the parliamentary standards commissioner and stood down as committee chairman.

Several Sudbury residents have called for Mr Yeo, who postponed his June 14 constituency meeting, to answer their questions.

Liam Horkan, from Bank Buildings, said: “He has a duty of care to come and explain to us exactly what has happened, his side of the story and reassure us.

“He should give us an opportunity to ask some questions and find out some more information. While he is representing the businesses he is a director of or involved with, how many hours is he spending looking after his Sudbury constituents?

“Is that impacting on the time he could be looking after local concerns?”

Mr Horkan, 42, who works in Colchester, added that he thought Mr Yeo had acted correctly by temporarily standing down as committee chairman.

Mr Yeo will now hold a constituency surgery at the Conservative Club in New Street, Sudbury, on Saturday between 10am and midday. No appointment is required for the surgery, where he will meet members of the public.