South Suffolk Conservatives deny plan to oust MP

No plan is in place to oust MP Tim Yeo from the South Suffolk Conservative Association, the group has said.

The Times newspaper had reported that the group was preparing to deselect Mr Yeo, who has denied allegations of coaching a business partner before an appearance at the energy and climate change committee and telling undercover Sunday Times reporters he could use his position to boost private interests.

Peter Burgoyne, from the South Suffolk Conservative Association, said: “No moves are being made by the Association to deselect Mr Yeo. As of today, Mr Yeo has not yet made any request to be reselected as the candidate for South Suffolk in 2015, so the question of deselection does not arise.”

He added that a decision from Mr Yeo, MP for South Suffolk for 20 years, on whether he would stand again would not be expected until the autumn.

“Following the allegations made in the Sunday Times, which are vigorously denied by Mr Yeo, and following his referral to the parliamentary standards commissioner, Mr Yeo volunteered to attend a meeting of Conservative Association members later this month,” said Mr Burgoyne.

“No decision about the selection of a candidate to fight south Suffolk for the Conservative Party will be made until after the conclusion of the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner’s investigation.”

Mr Yeo’s surgery for constituents, which was due to take place tomorrow night, has been postponed. He had been due to meet Sudbury residents but the meeting will now be held on Saturday, June 22, at the Conservative Club in Sudbury from 10am to midday.