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Sunday
Jun092013

Yeo stushie

The big news this morning is that BH favourite Tim Yeo has been caught up in a lobbying scandal. He appears to have offered to become an advocate for a private company for a fee of £7000 per day.

The Sunday Times broke the story, having covertly filmed Yeo making the offer.  Details can be gleaned from Guido Fawkes blog here and from the Conservative Home blog here.

While it looks as though Yeo is going to fight the allegations, claiming without a hint of irony that he was on the point of writing to the company to tell them that he was uncomfortable working on the basis they'd discussed, the general vibe among the Westminster insiders seems to be that Yeo is toast.

I can remember being aghast when Yeo became chairman of the ECC committee, Cameron having whipped his backbenchers into supporting the sleaze-meister, no doubt having calculated that having a deep green like Yeo in that position would win him some plaudits among what James Delingpole calls the yoghurt-weaving classes.

That Cameron was willing to overlook Yeo's murky past and ongoing conflicts of interest is quite an indictment.

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Reader Comments (72)

Disgusting corruption that Cameron hs been warned about for years. But I certainly will not hold my breath waiting for Trougher Tim to be kicked out of the party and Parliament.

Jun 9, 2013 at 8:38 AM | Unregistered CommenterPeter Stroud

I wonder if Deben suggested this one to The Times? (We need to know what Sally Bercow thinks (sarc))

Ivor Ward

Jun 9, 2013 at 8:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterDisko Troop

And the chattering classes outrage at Yeo's failed bill amendment?

None of us are surprised, yes they are taken for fools. However, they seem to be happy as log as it is for the cause.

Actually, him staying might not be a bad thing. At least now the game is public. And the rules known. And with Gummer/Deben having friends like these...?

Cameron will probably have to get rid of him though. Depends maybe on the Lib-Dems.

Wonderful though. I am sure the Guardian and Private Eye are right on it.

Jun 9, 2013 at 8:46 AM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

Whilst I am a devout atheist, it is news like this that makes me think there just might be a god.

As Disko says, wouldn't it be marvellous if Gummer grassed him up.

Jun 9, 2013 at 8:47 AM | Unregistered CommenterSteve Jones

The real tragedy here is that if Cameron doesn't pull his head out of his rear end we are all going to be f@cked when labour comes to power at the next general election!

Mailman

Jun 9, 2013 at 8:47 AM | Unregistered CommenterMailman

Some stuff in the Mail.

Yeo is a piece of work, I wouldn't mind really - if he was doing some good.

But his interests and money grubbing directly affect me - in that, all the stuff he is personally involved in promoting - causes me a financial imposition. Yes, we do, we have to pay for our energy - that is only fair, what is not fair, is enforcing me to pay for Tim Yeo's bonus and for an energy policy written, passed and enacted by financially illiterate MPs and proposed by scientific cretins - whose vested interest is an egregious conflict of interest.

Why do I, why does Britain put up with this, vote UKIP - always.

Jun 9, 2013 at 8:48 AM | Unregistered CommenterAthelstan.

Oh well the Guardian(Observer) is really keen on this type of thing...

Lynton Crosby under pressure to reveal clients of lobbying firm
New details emerge of how Tory strategy guru combines role as political adviser with that of commercial lobbyist

I am sure the same exposure and effort will be applied to Yeo.

Jun 9, 2013 at 8:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

How far does this advance the aim of repealing the climate-change act 2008? My guess is "not much", unfortunately, but every little helps.

Jun 9, 2013 at 8:53 AM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22830707

Read it here if you can bear the BBC

Jun 9, 2013 at 8:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterStephen Richards

Yeo and Deben, pot and kettle, or kettle and pot, or both.

Jun 9, 2013 at 8:55 AM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Remarkable that as of 9am the fact a Tory minister has been accused of corruption is nowhere on the Guardian's front page.

I wonder why?

Jun 9, 2013 at 8:57 AM | Unregistered CommenterStuck-Record

And the chattering classes outrage at Yeo's failed bill amendment?

It didn't fail. They did it by another means and slipped it into the bill just before the vote.

CARBON REDUCTION, SERIOUS CARBON REDUCTION, IS THE LAW IN THE UK. !!! IT PASSED.

See Booker.

Jun 9, 2013 at 9:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterStephen Richards

GOTCHA!

Contribution from Lord Justice Leveson.

Jun 9, 2013 at 9:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterMartyn

Yeah, as the Bish tweeted, an accident waiting to happen. I remember the scurrying around by Harribin and the alarmist faithful crowd desparately trying to prop up Yeo’s outrage at being "misrepresented" over his position on consensus and then listening to the actual audio of Yeo’s clueless bluster in the interview and just marvelling at my realisation that the alarmists will literally defend anything that has the patina of green on it.

These creeps really only need a little bit of rope, they can hang themselves on anything.

Great :)

Jun 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM | Registered CommenterThe Leopard In The Basement

Yeo is not toast yet. (Cameron hasn't yet offered him his unqualified support.)

Jun 9, 2013 at 9:33 AM | Registered Commentermatthu

/snigger

Jun 9, 2013 at 9:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterJabba the Cat

When thieves fall out!

Jun 9, 2013 at 10:03 AM | Unregistered CommenterIan E

On the page at the Telegraph giving the good news, have a look at their “Vote 2015 results forecaster”.
It predicts a Labour majority of 80, with LibDems with 10% of the vote and 23 seats, and UKIP with 14% of the vote and 0 seats.

Jun 9, 2013 at 10:09 AM | Registered Commentergeoffchambers

On the Beeb this morning the story is being reported differently. R4 headline is tht Yeo coached someone from a company he had a financial interest in, advising them how to give evidence to his committee! Not sure which is worse.
#YeoMustGo

BBC story here
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22830707
Why two different versions of the story?

Jun 9, 2013 at 10:10 AM | Registered CommenterPaul Matthews

At the Leopard
A substance that also gives a patina of green is slime:-)

Jun 9, 2013 at 10:51 AM | Unregistered CommenterStacey

Why two different versions of the story?

It's the spin kicking in...

Jun 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM | Unregistered CommenterDavid Chappell

Remember not so long ago Yeo pushed Deben under the bus for his conflict of interest .
Pay back ?

Jun 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterKnR

It also shows Cameron to be unsuitable as Tory leader if he can't see what a selfseeker Yeo is and how his conflicts of interest would make a difference.

Jun 9, 2013 at 11:32 AM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Marshall

Yeo was always only ever going to get in trouble if he did it to himself.

Jun 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM | Unregistered CommenterRB

Interesting that the Grauniad seems not interested in this story - at least no sign of it on its webpage.

Jun 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoger D

Yeo is toast even before Sunday lunch at the South Suffolk Conservative Association club. Basically the party members are fed up with his giving traditional conservatives a bad name for having snouts in the renewable racketeering and troughing, thus letting setting up an open goal for UKIP.

Jun 9, 2013 at 11:52 AM | Unregistered Commentersuffolkboy

Toast. Both sides. Browning knob fell off and the thermostat failed. The kitchen is full of smoke.

Yet further entertainment awaits.

Cameron may yet try to prise Yeo's carbonised remains from the slot using a metal fork without first unplugging the hoax.

Has burnt toast ever been so delicious? Stay tuned for more hair raising energy adventures in our next episode of “When Pseudo Science Attacks”!

Jun 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterKonrad

Exquisite timing.

Watch this space:-)

Jun 9, 2013 at 12:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Keiller

This is deliberate. Yet another example of the AGW agenda being pushed off the plate. It's a big one because the lies up to now have been aimed at the opposition. The Greens will no longer the be good guys.

Jun 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM | Unregistered CommentereSmiff

I recommend a quick peek at the video on Guido Fawkes' blog to witness an Oscar-winning display of arrogance, hubris and stupidity.

Retirement time for Tim.

Jun 9, 2013 at 12:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterJerryM

Paul Matthews:
//
BBC story here
http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-22830707
Why two different versions of the story?
//
The ST video at Guido's is 2m41s. It tells the story very clearly. Just how big the whole story is remains unknown, but I hope the small number of journalists who are actually awake to this corruption start upon a big dig here for his "active network of connections". (ref @ 1min in the video).

Ross Hawkin's and the BBC's lack of journalistic initiative or integrity is nearly as disgusting as Yeo's corruption.

Jun 9, 2013 at 12:22 PM | Unregistered Commenternot banned yet

It comes as no surprise, of course.. Yeo was a sitting duck, and an obvious target for an investigative journalist to set up a sting. Easy target for anyone looking to uncover sleaze! :)

I did wonder, the other day, when Yeo called out Deben.. what happened to honour among thieves?

It doesn't make me want to vote UKIP, though. I understand and fully respect the sentiments of those of you, my friends, who would otherwise lean slightly right-ward, who want to see an end to the corruption of our politics and for our democracy to finally be democratic. But I'm a life-long Liberal; My politics haven't changed, it's the party that has. I'm a Liberal from the era before the militant Greens introduced an environmentalism that completely usurped the humanitarian philosophies of the Liberal Democrats.

If and when the Liberal Democrats realise the cruel mistake they made in placing extreme green above the welfare of our poorest and weakest, I'll be there. But it is the party that has to find its way back, because I'm not moving from my belief that our first duty is to the well-being and rights to life of our fellow beings, pragmatically tempered by our respect and regard for the world we live in.

I just wish they'd hurry up.

Jun 9, 2013 at 12:39 PM | Registered CommenterSimon Hopkinson

Guardian has the PA story

Jun 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterJiminy Cricket

I wonder if this explains Ed Davey's stupid rant against right-wing newspapers the other day - advance notice of the revelation about to come?

And if it does, whether his anger was directed in defence of the 'science' or in defence of one of his mates?

Jun 9, 2013 at 1:05 PM | Registered CommentermikemUK

My favourite spin on this story is from the GWPF:

THE Tory MP in charge of scrutinising new energy laws has been caught boasting about how he can use his leadership of a powerful Commons committee to push his private business interests.

That's the point. This Tory MP wasn't just doing it - he was boasting about it. Even the Guardian can't be seen to be too supportive of that. And I think we'd all say it couldn't have happened to a more deserving person.

Jun 9, 2013 at 1:39 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

Tim Yeo just another Alan B,Stard with Windmills


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Statesman

Jun 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

This now allows Yeo to spend more time with his Income-Providers.

Jun 9, 2013 at 2:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterJoe Public

The mills of God grind slow, but they grind exceeding small, as that odious turd Huhne found out.

Perhaps Yeo also will discover disgraced oblivion after years of wilful troughing

Jun 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterRick Bradford

Why two different versions of the story?

Well if you watch the video it's clear that they are both true, but one is less damaging to the green cause than the other. It will be interesting to watch the BBC twist this to minimise the damage.

Jun 9, 2013 at 2:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterMD

geoffchambers,

Im not sure why you think a labour dominated government is good news...considering it was them who sponsored, deliberately so, the destruction of this country through its many MANY failed policies which are now coming home to roost.

Sadly the real tragedy here is that the two party political system has failed to deliver a Government of and for the people. When you have politicians who have NEVER ever in their entire lives done anything else other than being a politician then you are only going to get one end result!

Additionally, politicians like Luciana Burger are nothing but wet fish, and thats being polite! This woman has NEVER worked a day of her young life outside of the Government. I used to frequent her website and was hit by the lack of real world knowledge openly on display by the woman. To say the only reason she is an MP because of her race and sex is to say the sun comes up in the morning and sets in the evening.

Further more, how is it you can have a husband and wife as members of parliament? How the hell does that work?

Bah...we are all screwed! What ever happens because all thats gonna happen at the next general election is the current set of clowns will be replaced by another set of clowns who will continue to destroy this great nation in search of their socialist utopia!

This country urgently needs a viable alternative third political party to vote for and sadly, the mfm, lead by the BBC and its print version, the Guardian, are doing their best to destroy UKIP...which again begs they question, why is a state sponsored media organisation shaping the political scene through issuing its own opinion as if its news?

Rant over...pass me my Lisinopril!

Regards

Mailman

Jun 9, 2013 at 2:45 PM | Unregistered CommenterMailman

My favourite phrase is 'I told you so'. I predicted many months ago that the Green bandwagon was about to be taken out. Huhn, now Yeo. The European Trading System is being left to die.

Carbon trading is nearly dead. That was the single reason for AGW promotion. If anyone thinks that cynical opportunists like politicians believe in environmentalism or anything else, you are mad.

Jun 9, 2013 at 2:48 PM | Unregistered CommentereSmiff

Yeo Ho Ho!

Jun 9, 2013 at 3:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Watts

In the money section of today's paper edition of the Sunday Telegraph is a report on Albion Ventures, a venture capitalist firm that is launching a new fund to be chaired by Tim Trougher Yeo. They aim to raise £25m this year for Albion Community Power, which plans to power 35,000 homes with renewable energy.
I'm sure Yeo will be doing it Pro Bono.

Jun 9, 2013 at 3:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterBloke down the pub

It looks like we in Suffolk South will no longer need our letter to the chairman of the local Conservative party that was being drafted last week, after all.

Jun 9, 2013 at 3:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterSteven Whalley

Anthony: the bottle of rum's on me if this continues much longer. :)

Steven: might as well, just in case.

Jun 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

Mailman
I certainly don’t think a Labour victory is good news, except that it might turn the Tories wholly sceptic and eventually teach Labour the folly of deserting elementary principles of social justice in favour of whatever it is they believe this week. As with Simon Hopkinson and the Liberal Party, I’ll just have to wait for my party to recover its senses, or possibly disappear into the dustbin of history.
My main point was the injustice of a system which gives UKIP 14% of the vote and 0 seats.
The coming Euro elections are going to be a crucial test, with public disgust with the main parties favouring either UKIP or the Greens. An all out no-holds-barred attack on the Green Party is probably the best thing those of us who are not signed-up UKIP suporters can offer.

Jun 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM | Registered Commentergeoffchambers

OT but did you see David Rose's response to Ed Davey in the MOS today? My only disappointment is that he accepted the 97% at face value without going further into it.

Jun 9, 2013 at 4:24 PM | Unregistered Commentermike fowle

Ok Geoff, you get to stay on my preferred readers list! :)

Regards

Mailman

Jun 9, 2013 at 4:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterMailman

Parasite seeks host.

Jun 9, 2013 at 5:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlan Reed

Yeo ho ho. It must be Christmas.

http://thepointman.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/politicians-thieves-and-those-grey-areas-in-between/

Pointman

Jun 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterPointman

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