Tory MP Tim Yeo is deselected

Tim Yeo has not been re-adopted as the Conservative candidate for the South Suffolk constituency at the next General Election, the party has announced.

MP: 'Deselected for backing gay marriage and Europe'

Conservative MP Tim Yeo has suggested that his support for gay marriage, climate change work and pro-European stance may have affected the decision not to readopt him as the South Suffolk candidate for the next election.

Mr Yeo lost out in a secret ballot of more than 600 members of the constituency party despite receiving backing from David Cameron.

Read: Yeo offers 'unqualified support' to successor

Yeo offers 'unqualified support' to successor

Tim Yeo said in a statement today:

It has been a privilege to serve as MP for South Suffolk since 1983. I will continue to work for all my constituents until the General Election next year.

I am immensely grateful to all those Conservative Party members who voted for me to continue as their MP. I now ask them all to campaign for my successor with the same loyalty and dedication they have shown to me.

I will give my full and unqualified support to whoever is chosen as the candidate here in South Suffolk. I wish him or her every success.

– Tim Yeo MP

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