MP dropped by local Tories

MP Tim Yeo is "considering his position" after losing a re-selection vote to be the Conservative candidate for South Suffolk at the next general election.

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Yeo 'to fight to retain seat' after dropped by local Tories

Tory MP and green enthusiast Tim Yeo is expected to appeal to Conservative supporters in a bid to save his political career, according to The Observer, after leaders of local party refused to re-adopt him as its candidate for the next general election.

Mr Yeo was recently reinstated as chairman of the influential Commons Energy Committee after being cleared of lobbying allegations.

Tory MP and green enthusiast Tim Yeo Credit: PA

Labour: Yeo deselection sign Tories 'reverting to type'

Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Ashworth has said Tory MP Tim Yeo's deselection is another sign that "under David Cameron the Conservative Party is reverting to type".

Mr Yeo, who was recently reinstated as chairman of the Commons Energy Committee after being cleared of lobbying allegations, is said to be "considering his options" following the decision by the South Suffolk Conservative association.

Mr Ashworth said: "Just this week one Tory with modernising credentials has been deselected and another has quit, and David Cameron is trying to water down a green levy he introduced and even boasted about.

"It's more evidence of the death of Tory modernisation", he added.

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Tim Yeo dropped by local South Suffolk Tory party

MP Tim Yeo is "considering his position" after losing a re-selection vote to be the Conservative candidate for South Suffolk at the next general election.

Conservative MP Tim Yeo has represented South Suffolk since 1983. Credit: PA

Mr Yeo was recently reinstated as chairman of the influential Commons Energy Committee after being cleared of lobbying allegations.

According to the Ipswich Star, the local party issued a statement saying:

“The executive council of the South Suffolk Conservative Association met on the evening of Friday, November 29 and voted not to re-adopt Tim Yeo for the 2015 general election.

“Mr Yeo is now considering his position and will advise the executive council of his intended course of action.”

Mr Yeo, 68, represented the constituency for three decades, and won an 8,600 majority in 2010.

In June he was caught up in a newspaper sting and faced allegations that he offered to lobby ministers and 'coached' a business associate who was due to give evidence to his committee, however he was cleared of wrong-doing by the cross-party standards committee.

If he does not accept the decision he can appeal or apply to be the new candidate when the selection process gets under way.

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