A BALLOT which will decide the fate of MP Tim Yeo has begun.

Conservative Party members in South Suffolk, which includes Brantham and East Bergholt, are deciding whether they want to deselect Mr Yeo.

Senior members of his constituency association decided not to re-select Mr Yeo to stand at the next election.

Mr Yeo, 68, lives in East Bergholt, is Suffolk’s longest-serving MP, having been in the House for 30 years.

The postal ballot began on Monday and is expected to finish in early February.

Mr Yeo was recently investigated by the Parliamentary watchdog over lobbying allegations.

He was cleared and has been reinstated as chairman of the influential Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee