MPs are plotting to overthrow the Conservative chairman of the energy and climate change committee because of his links to the green power industry. Tory MP Tim Yeo rakes in almost £140,000 a year from the controversial industry while juggling his role as chairman of the select committee.
The former environment minister, who is also president of the Renewable Energy Association, has criticised cuts in taxpayer-funded subsidies to the green energy industry he champions.
Mr Yeo lists just over £139,450 in payments linked to green companies in the latest MPs’ register of interests.
Furious MPs are now trying to depose him as chairman of the select committee.
One insider told the Mail: ‘We are seeking advice on how this can be done as select committee chairmen are now elected. But there is obviously a potential conflict of interest here.’
A bigger question is how he got there to start with – his looney green stance hasn’t exactly been kept under a bushel.