MP ‘relieved’ to be cleared of breaching code of conduct

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South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo has been cleared of any wrongdoing after claims he broke lobbying rules.

The Committee on Standards, a parliamentary watchdog, announced on Thursday that Mr Yeo had not breached the MPs’ code of conduct.

It followed allegations that he had broke lobbying guidelines and used his position to enhance business interests in June.

Speaking to the Free Press, Mr Yeo said he always believed he had done nothing wrong.

“It is a terrific relief, but it is something I was expecting,” said the 68-year-old.

“It is good to get the process out of the way. The committee did a thorough job and there was a positive response.”

The claims surfaced following an undercover operation by The Sunday Times, where reporters posed as representatives of a company promoting new energy-efficient solar technology.

It was alleged Mr Yeo had offered to approach ministers on the company’s behalf. It was also claimed he told a witness, working for a company in which he had an interest, what to say when he had appeared before the environment committee, which he chairs.

Mr Yeo stepped down from this role and referred himself to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. He is now free to return to the position.

“I am looking forward to resuming my role,” he said.

“After a full investigation, the commissioner accepted, as I have always maintained, that I did not break the rules of the house.”