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Keep On Troughing!

October 14, 2015

By Paul Homewood 




You’ve probably already read that Tim Yeo is suing the Sunday Times for libel.


Guido has more detail:



Disgraced former Tory MP Tim Yeo is suing the Sunday Times for libel over three articles from 2013. Readers will remember the paper alleged that when Yeo was chairman of the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee, he offered two undercover journalists to act as an advocate on behalf of their fictitious solar energy company. For a £7,000 daily fee.

Mr Yeo’s counsel Desmond Browne QC says the Sunday Times acted “with a singular lack of responsibility both at the journalistic and the editorial level“:

“Mr Yeo was the unfortunate victim of that irresponsibility. He says that in his last years of service as an MP, his reputation was trashed. At no stage during the lunch when he spoke about ways in which he might be able to assist the journalists, did Tim Yeo understand that what he was being asked to do was act as a paid advocate in breach of the rules.”

During his time as a member of parliament Yeo lobbied for an end to unnecessary air travel as he flew around the world on golfing jollies, used House of Commons banqueting facilities to wine and dine a group of environmental investors, while at the same time raising money for AFC Energy, a company of which he was chairman, and at one point was earning over £100,000-a-year from his green investments as he lobbied the government to stop green cuts. Nuff said m’lud…


Guido originally reported on the wine & dine story back in 2010:


A whole new can of worms has been opened by the publication of the banqueting and room hirings sponsored by parliamentarians.  For example  Tim Yeo MP is the current Chairman of the Environmental Audit Select Committee, not a surprising position for a former Environment Minister.  In July last year he sponsored an evening event for 150 members of the Environmental Investment Network.  Held in the impressively plush Members’ Dining Room overlooking the Thames, it certainly is a pleasant environment in which to woo and lubricate potential green investors.  Coincidentally Tim is also chairman of a small investment-hungry AIM listed company called AFC Energy plc, who are developing “environmentally friendly fuel cells”.



At the time AFC Energy plc were raising £2 million from  environmental investors, and for each of the following five months AFC Energy paid Tim Yeo £3,750 a month (up to a total of £18,750) until in December when they succeeded in raising the £2m they were seeking from environmental investors in a share placing.  Tim also got a bonus when the shares were placed with investors of 150,000 shares for his work.  All in all he made a total of some £80,000 out of the AFC deal from July when he hosted the Environmental Investment Network event until December when they sold the shares to investors.

Guido is on Newsnight tonight with Tim Yeo and hopefully we’ll get a chance to discuss the propriety of using Parliament’s heavily subsidised public banqueting facilities to entertain people you might in the future have business dealings with.  Private business and public service should not mix easily…


The trougher was still hard at it in his last year in Parliament, before being deselected by his eminently sensible local party for the May election.




Still at AFC Energy, he was paid 45K for services rendered. And with a current share price of 37p, his share options are worth another £900K.



According to AFC’s latest accounts, “additional consultancy services are provided by Locana Corporation (London) Ltd.


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Surely this could not be the same Locana Corporation (London) Ltd, whose sole directors are a certain Tim Yeo and his wife Helen?





And surely the Trougher would not be using this as a way to avoid paying tax?

Even more puzzling is the fact that most of Locana’s shares are held by a company called Anacol Holdings.






And guess who owns Anacol?






Keep on troughing!

  1. October 14, 2015 11:21 am

    I’ll bet Michael Gove now bitterly regrets writing a letter in support of trougher Tim.

  2. A C Osborn permalink
    October 14, 2015 11:49 am

    Chris Booker should be all over this with those details Paul has dug up.

  3. October 14, 2015 11:59 am

    Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” Seems to apply here. So many are blinded by their own arrogance.

  4. dearieme permalink
    October 14, 2015 12:07 pm

    I never liked the cut of his jib. He’s just the sort of chap to put anyone off taking part in democratic politics.

  5. October 14, 2015 1:44 pm

    The Sunday Times need do no more than reply to Yeo as per the last letter in this link.

  6. October 14, 2015 3:56 pm

    Guido having a good time with Trougher Timmie

  7. October 14, 2015 4:08 pm

    Na na na na, hey hey-GOODBYE!

  8. Le Roy permalink
    October 14, 2015 5:25 pm

    Oink, oink……

  9. October 14, 2015 5:29 pm

    As foolish as Mann’s suit against Steyn. The book A Disgrace to the Profession is just one result. Wait til Mann has to testify under oath…
    Yeo will suffer the same humiliation, as his shenanigans have already been factually exposed.
    Some of these types really are just plain stupid, hard to believe as that seems.

    • CheshireRed permalink
      October 15, 2015 10:02 am

      Mann on the stand is the one to watch for, although we may be in for a long wait. Mr Mann knows full well why of course.

  10. October 14, 2015 7:19 pm

    ‘You’ve probably already read that Tim Yeo is suing the Sunday Times for libel.’

    Don’t push your luck folks 😉

    Signed, Not-Tim-Yeo

  11. Bitter&Twisted permalink
    October 14, 2015 10:15 pm

    Now he’s no longer an MP, I suspect he has outlived his usefulness.
    What better way to continue to rake it in than sue for libel in the hope of hitting the jackpot.


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