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Tim Yeo MP

In office
2004 – 2005
Leader Michael Howard

In office
2003 – 2004
Leader Michael Howard

In office
2001 – 2002
Leader Iain Duncan Smith

Member of Parliament
for South Suffolk
Assumed office 
9 June 1983
Preceded by new constituency
Majority 6,606 (13.6%)

Born 20 March 1945 (1945-03-20) (age 64)
Nationality English
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Diane Helen Pickard
Alma mater Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Timothy Stephen Kenneth Yeo (born 20 March 1945, Lewisham), is an English Conservative politician, Member of Parliament for South Suffolk and the current Chairman of the Environmental Audit Select Committee.


Early life

He was educated at Charterhouse School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he gained an MA in History in 1968.

From 1970-3, he was assistant treasurer of Bankers Trust Company, then from 1975-86, he was Director of Worcester Engineering Company. From 1980-3, he was Chief Executive of the Spastics Society (now called Scope).

Parliamentary career

Yeo contested Bedwelty in the February 1974 General Election before being elected as MP for South Suffolk in 1983.

Yeo became PPS to Douglas Hurd in 1988. In 1992, he was appointed Minister for the Environment and Countryside in John Major's government, but was forced to resign after a scandal involving his so-called 'love child' with a Tory councillor, Julia Stent,[1] who was born on 8 July 1993 — in the midst of the Government's 'Back to Basics' campaign and Yeo's own public support for the institution of marriage. The story broke on Boxing Day during a quiet news period and intense coverage was given to the scandal. Yeo resigned on 5 January 1994.


In Opposition

After the Conservative landslide defeat in the 1997 General Election, new leader William Hague appointed him spokesman on Environment, Transport and the Regions. Yeo was a member of the shadow cabinet under Iain Duncan Smith as shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, and in 2003 was made Michael Howard's shadow Education and Health Secretary, holding two positions with responsibility for both schools and hospitals. In 2004 he moved to Environment and Transport. During this period, his Chief of Staff was Nick Hurd, son of Douglas Hurd and since the 2005 general election the MP for Ruislip-Northwood.

He resigned from the shadow cabinet shortly after the 2005 election, saying he wished to be free to play a role in rethinking the Conservative party's future. On 27 August, Yeo ruled himself out of the ensuing Conservative leadership election following Howard's resignation as party leader, announcing his backing for former Chancellor of the Exchequer Kenneth Clarke. This contest was won by the Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills, David Cameron.

Business Interests

Yeo is chairman of Univent plc and non-executive chairman of Eco City Vehicles plc and AFC Energy plc.

He writes articles for Golf Weekly and Country Life magazines and, occasionally, the Financial Times.

He occupies a seat on the board of Eurotunnel.[1]

Personal life

He married Diane Helen Pickard on March 30 1970 in Greenwich. They have a son, the portrait painter Jonathan Yeo, and a daughter. Their daughter-in-law is the actress Shebah Ronay.

Yeo has two further daughters. He fathered the first daughter in 1967 when he was still a student at Cambridge University, and put her up for adoption [2] The second daughter was born in 1993 through his extra-marital affair with Julia Stent[3].


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Offices held

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Constituency Created
Member of Parliament for South Suffolk
Political offices
Preceded by
Liam Fox
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
2003 – 2004
Succeeded by
Andrew Lansley


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