Fighting allegations that he helped private companies influence Parliament, Tim Yeo insists that it was he who seduced them not the other way around.
The Conservative MP made it clear that any attempt to befriend, emotionally connect and lower inhibitions, was all on his part and that he in no way was paid to "coach" potential witnesses appearing before his own committee.
While paid advocacy is against House of Commons rules, "grooming" businessmen for illicit behaviour such as prostitution or pornography is merely frowned upon. Minister's regularly surf the net in the guise of 13yr old "One Direction" Fans in the hope of luring middle-aged businessmen into a Commons' chat room. CEO's with behavioural issues such as higher attention seekers have a much higher risk than others.
Mr. Yeo, as chairman of a Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee, would be deeply embarrassed if these allegations are proved true; whereas the lesser charge of "grooming" would barely cause a twinge of guilt. One constitutional expert explained: " Abuse often occurs at the hands of someone personally known to the businessman, such as their local MP. Let's not forget lobbying isn't illegal...it's just immoral"
Yeo as Chairman of Univent PLC, TMO Renewables, non-executive chairman of Eco City Vehicles, AFC Energy plc, Director of Locana Corporation, Anacol Holdings Ltd. General Securities Register Ltd, ITI Energy Ltd and Eurotunnel was quick to point out that he has no ties to big business.