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Yeoful fail

Tim Yeo's libel action against the Sunday Times has failed. You will recall that this was over the newspaper's sting operation, in which Yeo was caught on camera offering to be a paid advocate for what he thought were a group of green lobbyists.

According to Guido the Sunday Times has said that Yeo's evidence was dismissed by the judge as:

“implausible”, “unreliable”, “not honest”,”dishonest”, “untruthful”, “untrue” and “unworthy of belief”.

Oh dear. :-)

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So will they give him a position in the Lords or stick his feet in fast setting concrete, dump him offshore and make him a pier?

Nov 25, 2015 at 4:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Yeo Ho Ho! Another pirate bites the courtroom dust.

Nov 25, 2015 at 4:29 PM | Unregistered Commenteroldbrew

oldbrew, don't be rude about pirates. Most pirates were never stupid enough to instigate legal action.

Nov 25, 2015 at 4:38 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Back in Nov 2013, following his previously triumphant clearing of any wrongdoing on corruption charges, he was able to return to his leading role on the Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee.

Surely we can trust his assurances about the reliability and trustworthiness of the MP's wrecking the UK's energy policy. The results of their efforts won't be too clear to see in areas without reliable standby generators.

Nov 25, 2015 at 5:04 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

“Implausible”, “unreliable”, “not honest”,”dishonest”, “untruthful”, “untrue” and “unworthy of belief”.

I assume he will now be recording these words in the register of members' interests?

Nov 25, 2015 at 5:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterHot under the collar

Schadenfreude should be a dish best served cold, as a starter on the Paris menu. It would act as an appetite suppressant for some of the other greedy snorting truffle hunters.

Nov 25, 2015 at 5:41 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

£400000 isn't that about 2 months work for him? I guess he'll be struggling until his expenses cheque comes through.

Nov 25, 2015 at 5:44 PM | Unregistered CommenterMartyn

Surely the question for renowned golfer Mr Yeo now is whether he can afford the green fees?

Nov 25, 2015 at 5:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterIt doesn't add up...

It doesn't add up....

Green Fees should be another parliamentary euphemism.

Nov 25, 2015 at 6:04 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

remember if you want Nurse to "enable" something, he needs to fly first class

Nov 25, 2015 at 6:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterVenusCold

Julia Slingo otoh enables herself to daughher's positions at the MET
she facailitated a willeng ear of the MET UKs recruiter

they are all vulgar criminals aren't they

Nov 25, 2015 at 6:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterVenusC

OT BBC Trust Complaints Dept Telephone 03700100222

BBC 6 o clock news 2015 is going to be the hottest year on record

Due to El Ninio and Green House Gases
Unfortunately they don't state when the records began

Nov 25, 2015 at 6:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterJamspid

Aitken Syndrome.

Nov 25, 2015 at 6:44 PM | Unregistered Commenterson of mulder

Two further points. The Guardian report (link from Guido) suggests that it was an informal lunch and the journalists took advantage of some casual remarks which of course didn't mean that he was really what he was (expletive deleted). Two: costs have been awarded against him on the indemnity basis. There are two bases for costs: standard and indemnity. Standard means that any matters of doubt are interpreted in favour of the paying party; indemnity means that a completely different basis applies - any areas of doubt are interpreted in favour of the receiving party.

Nov 25, 2015 at 6:52 PM | Unregistered Commentermike fowle

At what point does telling lies under oath become perjury?

Nov 25, 2015 at 7:03 PM | Registered Commenterflaxdoctor

Jamspid: Further OT:

Due to El Ninio and Green House Gases
Unfortunately they don't state when the records began
Nor do they know which is which when it comes to warming - if indeed there is a dual contribution.

Nov 25, 2015 at 7:36 PM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Passfield

@ John B

Default Deben prefix: "That odious little man ... "

Nov 25, 2015 at 7:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterJerryM

The british governmant has asked their nobel laureate to run an enquiry on science spending, i think. Announced today.

Nov 25, 2015 at 8:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterStephen Richards

Yeah Harry getting back

When any UK broadcaster reports the latest political opinion poll they have to mention the source either Mori You gov etc

Should be the same when reporting any survey or findings what ever subjects as with only the last 100 years of met office available Climate and Weather data. If we can get the broadcaster commercial and BBC to admit that.

In the media context is everything.

Only way is to mobilise every UK based resident or overseas BBC World Service audience on BH and WUWT to complain to the BBC Trust and the ITC about sensationalist Climate Change coverage.

BBC Trust complaints telephone number again is 03700100222 phone them .

Nov 25, 2015 at 8:28 PM | Unregistered CommenterJamspid

I'm sure Graham Stringer and Peter Lilley have a smile on their faces today.

Nov 25, 2015 at 8:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterRB

Misconduct in public office?

The elements of the offence are summarised in Attorney General's Reference No 3 of 2003 [2004] EWCA Crim 868.

The offence is committed when:

· a public officer acting as such
· wilfully neglects to perform his duty and/or wilfully misconducts himself
· to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public's trust in the office holder
· without reasonable excuse or justification

Nov 25, 2015 at 9:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterBilly Liar

BBC: "It vindicates the role of the press in exposing the clandestine advocacy by MPs for undisclosed interests."

What about some investigative journalism on useless windmills, solar farms and biofuels? Instead of BBC advocacy, open or clandestine...

Nov 25, 2015 at 10:33 PM | Registered CommenterAlbert Stienstra

Billy Liar, Misconduct in Public Office could feature on a few CV's, if Police tip-offs reach a tipping point.

Perhaps Yeo just misunderstood the concept of tipping point when he mentioned money for services rendered.

Nov 25, 2015 at 10:38 PM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Nov 25, 2015 at 12:19 PM | richard verney
"I see that Corbyn opened up PMQs with Climate Change/Green Issues. The usual drivel."

I wonder how the conversations go on Climate Change with his brother Piers who as we all know is not a deluded believer

Nov 25, 2015 at 10:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterBLACK PEARL

Albert Stienstra, the BBC have decided not to use Licence Fee money on providing information that the BBC do not want Licence Fee Payers to know.

This is part of the BBC's Public Disinformation Charter, that the public were not invited to contribute to.

Nov 26, 2015 at 12:10 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

“Implausible”, “unreliable”, “not honest”,”dishonest”, “untruthful”, “untrue” and “unworthy of belief”; needs to be put up in large print on an even larger poster on the highway in Yeo's old constituency.

Nov 26, 2015 at 12:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterGreg Cavanagh

Greg Cavanagh, as a banner, hung in his old constituency, it is not clear whether he would even know where to find it. It might not even tell his former constituents anything they did not already know.

It would look good and be a useful reminder for all, hung over the entrance to the Houses of Parliament, and then DECC. Some of John Selwyn Gummer's former constituents might be interested to carry out a value for money comparison.

Nov 26, 2015 at 1:41 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

Nov 25, 2015 at 11:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Dale Huffman
Harry says what I wished I had said.

Nov 26, 2015 at 3:39 AM | Unregistered Commenterrussep3

Early days, but what happens NEXT when a Tory politician takes out libel action and loses ..any ideas Lord Archer or Jonathan Aitkin ?

Let me rephrase some of the commenters puns

@RoyFOMR the judgement means
He'll he be putting his money where his mouth is was
cos before he put his mouth where the money was

- "Have you paid (golfer) Yeo's "green fees ? said one GreenBiz boss to another
"Yes I decided the climate has reached Yeo's TIPping point" was the reply

Nov 26, 2015 at 4:50 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

Guido's newest report reiterates the background of conflict of interest quoted in the judgement : Para 52

One strand in the concerns that had been publicly expressed was whether Parliamentarians’ performance of their public duties might be influenced by their private outside interests. Mr Yeo’s name featured in some publications on this topic.
(1) On 10 and 11 December 2012 the political blog “Guido Fawkes” carried items headed “Yeo’s Lump for Dump” and “Why is Tim Yeo Backing Fracking?”, suggesting that Mr Yeo had conflicts between his private business interests and his role as ECCSC Chair.(2) 23 December 2012 an article by Christopher Booker in the Sunday Telegraph questioned whether it was right for Mr Yeo to chair both the ECCSC and TMO. Mr Booker implied a conflict of interest, given that the ECCSC saw one of its chief roles as encouraging spending on renewables, and Mr Yeo had “financial interests in several firms that might be among the beneficiaries of such spending”.

(3) On 30 December 2013 Guido Fawkes carried an item headed “Review of 2012: Taxi for Tim Yeo”, identifying him as “a serious contender for villain of the year”. The item suggested conflicts between his Committee chairmanship and his role with Eco City Vehicles, and that he had actively lobbied for policies favourable to TMO.

(4) On 13 January 2013 the Mail on Sunday ran a report alleging that “A former Cabinet Minister [Lord Deben] who plays a key role in deciding the future size of energy bills is chairman of a company that stands to benefit directly from his Government work”. The article attributed to Graham Stringer MP the observation that “the whole field of energy and environmental policy seemed to be dominated by individuals who had commercial interests – for example, Tim Yeo, the Select Committee Chairman, is a director of several renewable energy firms”. Declaring interests was not enough, suggested Mr Stringer.

Nov 26, 2015 at 5:03 AM | Registered Commenterstewgreen

In case you missed it in my previous comment, here is the full judgement.

This also summarises the evidence, including transcripts of the lunch and phone conversations.

Nov 26, 2015 at 8:12 AM | Unregistered CommenterTerryS

Any recommendations for his prosecution for corruption?

Nov 26, 2015 at 8:43 AM | Unregistered CommenterStreetcred

Jamspid due to the Paris COP , 2015 was 'always' going to be the hottest year , it really did not matter what the facts where . I am just a bit upset I could not find a bookies that would take that bet , but then bookies are no mugs and even they knew,

Nov 26, 2015 at 8:51 AM | Unregistered Commenterknr

@ knr

It seems as if the alarmists would do whatever is necessary to ensure that records continue to be broken. I'm surprised the report mentioned below hasn't had far more attention on this blog.

German Professor: NASA Has Fiddled Climate Data On ‘Unbelievable’ Scale

Nov 26, 2015 at 9:06 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoy

Couldn't happen to a nicer fellow.

Nov 26, 2015 at 10:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterAndrew Duffin

It would appear Tim has upset a lot of people

Tim Yeo could face police inquiry over 'dishonest' High Court evidence

"In a formal complaint to the Metropolitan Police, the former MP is accused of 'misconduct in public office and... perjury'

........Dave Davies, an environmental campaigner who made the complaint to the Met, said that he was “surprised that the judge did not give directions that police should investigate”, but in light of the comments made, police should examine the allegations.
Mr Davies said that Mr Yeo could have perjured himself and asked the police to investigate.

In an email to the Special Enquiry Team at the Met, Mr Davies said: "I would like to file a formal complaint about Tim Yeo (former Member of Parliament) of Misconduct in Public Office and...Perjury"......"

Nov 26, 2015 at 11:16 AM | Registered CommenterGreen Sand

Another good news day today as well with the Cameroons actually dropping their laughably bonkers plan for throwing a billion quid down the toilet trying to bury plant food under the ground oop North. Oh happy day. The next thing - tomorrow they'll be binning the Climate Act. Joke.

Nov 26, 2015 at 11:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterMartin Reed

From the Approved Judgement - "When a fish wriggles on a hook, it goes deeper into the mouth and guarantees that the fish will not escape. So with Mr Yeo’s evidence on this issue. His twists and turns in the attempts to escape the obvious served only to emphasise the problem that the 22 May email presented for him." - Mr Justice Warby

Nov 26, 2015 at 1:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobert Thomson

Following my earlier comment on the register of members' interests:

If the Parliamentary Lack of Standards Committee found that Yeo had not breached their standards, yet the judge states his evidence was “Implausible”, “unreliable”, “not honest”,”dishonest”, “untruthful”, “untrue” and “unworthy of belief”, one may wonder if he recorded the word 'self' in the register?

Nov 26, 2015 at 5:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterHot under the collar

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