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Yeo's constituency party want him out

The bigwigs in Westminster may think that Tim Yeo is the bees knees but his constituency party can't wait to see the back of him. Today two leading lights in the Sudbury constituency have written to express their frustration with the way Yeo is clinging onto power.

Article here and opinion piece by one of those involved here.

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There was a bizarre moment when Tim Yeo addressed a private meeting of the executive of South Suffolk Conservatives at Sudbury’s Victoria Hall.
He had come to tell us why, after 30 years as our MP, we should not deselect him.
All of a sudden, his mobile trilled. He picked it up and said: ‘Sorry, no, I haven’t got time to speak to the Prime Minister, I’m busy.’ It happened not once, but twice.

Brilliant example of local politics at its basest level. It may sound ridiculous to us, but these kinds of silly transparent charades do work on feeble minds, even in the upper classes. That's how the trougher Yeo lasted 30 years in the seat, right?

Now let me finish the rest of what promises to be an entertaining read.

Jan 19, 2014 at 10:13 AM | Unregistered CommentersHx

Looking into my crystal ball - I can see in June 2015 Lord Yeo of Eatanswill making his maiden speech in the House of Lords

Jan 19, 2014 at 10:32 AM | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Perhaps, if his constituency get the vote wrong, they will be asked to vote again and again until they get the vote right?

Jan 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterDodgy Geezer

I seem to recall ALL party leaders promised a right to recall MPs as a prelude to removing them in these circumstances.

Jan 19, 2014 at 10:37 AM | Unregistered CommenterMorph

My sympathies are with Tim Yeo. I had never realised that the annoying person who keeps phoning me to talk about installing solar panels on my roof is the Prime Minister. That Cameron fellow really does have a knack for phoning when one is busy.

Jan 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoy

From the House of Commons rules of Conduct:
“When a member of a Committee, particularly the Chairman, has a financial interest which is directly affected by a particular inquiry or when he or she considers that a personal interest may reflect upon the work of the Committee or its subsequent Report, the Member should stand aside from the Committee proceedings relating to it.”
"In making any declaration a Member should clearly identify the nature of the financial interest. The form in which a declaration of interest is made, and its extent, must be primarily for the individual Member." A casual reference is not sufficient. "A Member should make a declaration in clear terms and should ensure that such a declaration is entered in the Minutes of Proceedings of the Committee."
“Where the subject matter of an inquiry of a Select Committee is of direct concern to an outside body in which a Member has a financial interest, the Member must consider whether on grounds of conflict of interest it is proper to take part in the inquiry. The Member must also consider whether the relationship of his or her interest to the subject of the inquiry is so close that it is not possible to participate effectively in the inquiry without crossing the borderline into advocacy”.

And Troffa has been "exonerated"!!!!!!

Jan 19, 2014 at 12:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Keiller

Are they looking for a new Governor of Hong Kong?

Jan 19, 2014 at 12:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartyn

"Are they looking for a new Governor of Hong Kong?"

Not another future Chairman of the BBC, please.

Jan 19, 2014 at 12:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterIt doesn't add up...

"a new Governor of Hong Kong"

There is a marked resemblance (in both appearance and attitude) with the previous incumbent, Fatty Pang, although I'm not sure there is such a post any more. Perhaps North Korea could use him.

Jan 19, 2014 at 1:38 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

What's he doing answering his mobile during such a meeting anyway? Further proof, if it were needed, of the contempt he has for his dwindling band of supporters (and anyone else who is not actually writing him a cheque).

Jan 19, 2014 at 1:56 PM | Registered Commenterjamesp

James, quite, and twice! Once can be put down to a mistake, but should be a prompt to turn off or silent.
If he really did fake it that should itself be proof of his unsuitability for public office.

Last meeting I was at the Chairman's opening preamble included a reminder to all present to turn off their mobiles. He also said that any subsequent ringtones would attract a fine to go in the Lifeboat box.

Jan 19, 2014 at 2:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterNW

Yeo deserves to be ennobled and to be named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society.

i.e. to be marked as infamous and disreputable.

Jan 19, 2014 at 2:57 PM | Unregistered Commenterchippy

Tim has eroded support dramatically in the past three years since the 2010 election, which was for many Conservative voters his last hope. His obvious self interest in his fervent support for renewables and the CC Act, despite it being explained to him many times by his constituents that it was based on false premises and was economically damaging, was the catalyst for many defections.

Needless to say, Tim's antics and his spat with the local party, have been carefully and sometimes gleefully followed by the South Suffolk UKIP party. We await the vote of the Conservative membership due Feb 4th, with interest.

Jan 19, 2014 at 3:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterSteven Whalley

Surely he can't win the members vote. Imagine if those who offered their support were also deselected, you might end up with a party worth voting for.

Jan 19, 2014 at 7:29 PM | Unregistered Commenterjaffa

If you want see what people are saying in praise of Tim, try this:

Jan 21, 2014 at 4:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterSteven Whalley

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