Conservative MP Tim Yeo denies lobbying claims after video leak

TIM Yeo, the long-serving Tory MP, yesterday rejected accusations that he was willing to use his position for financial gain after being dragged into the growing scandal over lobbying in Westminster.

The former environment minister cancelled scheduled TV appearances and referred himself to the parliamentary standards commissioner, insisting he “totally rejects” the accusation.

He was filmed by undercover reporters and allegedly said he had coached the managing director of GB Railfreight before an appearance in front of the Commons environment and climate change select committee earlier this year.

Yeo is currently chairman of the select committee and is a paid director of Eurotunnel, which owns GB Railfreight.

“I was able to tell him in advance what he should say,” Yeo allegedly told The Sunday Times. Yesterday he attacked the paper, saying it had quoted “very selectively” from the recording and left out key context.