Outgoing Tory MP makes farewell speech

MP Tim yeo visits 5 small Hadleigh businesses as part of the 'Keep Trade Local' campaign. He listens to indie retailers in Hadleigh about the coming in competition from the larger supermarkets, and what support they would like to see from government and their local council.''FL;  Linda Jewers from Hadleigh pet shop talks with Tim Yeo MP. ENGANL00520130531180345
MP Tim yeo visits 5 small Hadleigh businesses as part of the 'Keep Trade Local' campaign. He listens to indie retailers in Hadleigh about the coming in competition from the larger supermarkets, and what support they would like to see from government and their local council.''FL; Linda Jewers from Hadleigh pet shop talks with Tim Yeo MP. ENGANL00520130531180345
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Outgoing Tory MP Tim Yeo made a final speech in the Commons on Friday when he announced a new role at the University of Sheffield.

Mr Yeo, who has been MP for South Suffolk since 1983, was deselected by the South Suffolk Conservative Association in 2014.

In his last speech to the House of Commons, the 70-year-old talked about a wide variety of topics, from education to the economy, as well as his new position.

“This is definitely the last time I will speak in this house, as we are only 10 days away from dissolution,” said Mr Yeo.

“I trust, therefore, that if I make a speech that is extraordinarily supportive of the Government, no-one can suggest it is an attempt to get a job.”

Mr Yeo’s speech looked back at his reasons for becoming interested in politics in the 1970s and his embarrassment at the UK’s economic climate at the time.

As well as touching on high-speed rail, the Heathrow expansion bid and green energy, Mr Yeo highlighted the issue of broadband speed within his constituency.

“My plea is that, before the end of the next Parliament, high-speed broadband should finally reach those parts of Suffolk that are still denied access to this absolutely essential business tool,” he said.

Mr Yeo has come under scrutiny recently over his decision to claim a laptop on expenses and to hire his wife as a parliamentary assistant just months before he is due to stand down.

As the chairman of the energy and climate change select committee, his next role at the University of Sheffield involves chairing a new research initiative.

The Energy 2050 research group will work with government and industry experts to address the energy dilemma of sustainability, affordability and security.

University of Sheffield vice-chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett said: “Added to our academic strengths and reputation for superb collaboration with industry, the appointment of individuals such as Tim Yeo will help develop even stronger links with government and industry.”