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Candidates line-up to replace MP

Tim Yeo has represented his constituency for 30 years Credit: ITV News

More than a hundred people have put their name forward to replace South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo as the Consevative parliamentary candidate in next year's general election

The MP was de-selected in a vote by local Conservative party activists in February.

Officials are now working to put forward a short-list of six candidates who'll go before a selection committee early next month

Decision due on Suffolk MP

The South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo finds out today whether he can stand for the constituency in the next general election.

The South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo

Local Conservative Party members are voting on whether Mr Yeo should be reselected as their candidate, after they deselected him in November. A result is due this afternoon.

It comes after he was cleared of breaking lobbying rules by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.

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Ballot over Tim Yeo's future as South Suffolk MP

Conservatives in South Suffolk are being balloted over whether Tim Yeo MP should stand as their candidate in the next general election.

Tim Yeo was de-selected in November followed him being cleared by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards of breaking lobbying rules.

Simon Barrett, from South Suffolk Conservative's Association, said: "We have events, we have actions that need to be taken, meetings with district council, meetings with county council.

"He hasn't really been around making himself known and where there are issues that we have as a local issue that needs maybe the input of the local MP and more access to him, it's been very difficult to get him involved."

Click below to watch Victoria Lampard's report.

South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo cleared of wrongdoing

The South Suffolk MP, Tim Yeo, has been cleared by a parliamentary watchdog, after allegations he abused his position. Credit: PA

The South Suffolk MP, Tim Yeo, has been cleared by a parliamentary watchdog, after allegations he abused his position.

They dismissed claims, by a Sunday newspaper, that Mr Yeo had told undercover reporters he could lobby ministers on behalf of a fake solar technology developer.

The Tory politican will resume his role as leader of the Commons Energy and Climate Change committee next week.

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Tim Yeo formally steps down as committee chair

The South Suffolk MP Tim Yeo has stepped down as Chair of the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee Credit: PA

South Suffolk Conservative MP Tim Yeo has formally stepped aside as chairman of an influential Commons committee while he faces investigation into claims that he used his position to help business clients.

Members on the Energy and Climate Change Committee unanimously accepted his offer to step down temporarily while the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner carries out his inquiry.

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Yeo steps down from committee chairman role

Tim Yeo has formally stood aside as chairman of an influential House of Commons committee after claims that he used his position to help business clients.

Members on the Energy and Climate Change Committee unanimously accepted the Conservative MP's offer to step down temporarily while the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner carries out an inquiry.

Conservative MP Tim Yeo. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

After meeting fellow committee members behind closed doors at the House of Commons, Mr Yeo left before the meeting moved into open session.

Mr Yeo said: "They have unanimously accepted my offer to stand aside for the duration of the inquiry."

The former minister said in a statement last night that he took the decision to ensure the "smooth running" of the committee, and insisted he had not breached Commons rules when he spoke to undercover reporters from the Sunday Times.

The announcement came less than two hours after Labour called on him to stand aside

Tory MP Tim Yeo to stand down as chairman of Energy and Climate Change Committee Credit: PA Still

Shadow cabinet office minister Gareth Thomas said it was "difficult to see how he can continue" while he was under investigation.

The political blogger Paul Staines, who runs the Guido Fawkes website, has also reported the MP to the Metropolitan Police and asked them to investigate.

Mr Yeo is under fire after an undercover Sunday Times investigation appeared to show him claiming he could exert influence behind the scenes for private companies.

Earlier, in an interview on BBC Radio Wales he insisted he would not quit the committee chairmanship while the allegations were investigated.

The newspaper's footage showed Mr Yeo seemingly suggesting that he had coached a client, John Smith, managing director of GB Rail Freight, on how to influence the committee - a meeting at which he excused himself asking questions because of the conflict of interest.

"I was able to tell him in advance what he should say," he said.

Mr Yeo told BBC Radio Wales: "What happened was I travelled with the person concerned in the company of two other people five days before his appearance before the committee in a train.

"During that conversation I spoke very briefly to him about his forthcoming appearance in front of the committee, so I could explain to him that because of the business connection between us - which, of course, was properly declared and registered - I wouldn't take part in questioning."

He added: "I did not do so, I did not coach John Smith as the paper alleges, he's not a paying client as the paper alleges, and like many business executives giving evidence to select committees, he actually sought advice from the public affairs company which his company retains for that purpose."

Mr Yeo referred himself to parliamentary standards commissioner Kathryn Hudson after the Sunday Times sting. Its reporters approached the MP posing as representatives of a solar energy company, offering to hire him at £7,000 a day to push for new laws to boost its business.

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