MP Tim Yeo has made it clear that while "I can understand that being caught on film privately boasting about cheating for money looks suspicious", he was actually "lying in private about having lied in public", and not "lying in public while being privately honest about cheating". In a statement apparently intended to clear his name, the MP also noted that "it would be dishonest of me to take money from GB Railfreight and not help them play the system", and that he had reported himself to the Parliamentary standards commissioner "to prove I was honest about having lied".
Digging himself deeper, Mr Yeo then went on: "Of course I made up a lot of rubbish about how I helped them, when really I hadn't. What politician doesn't? I lied to the undercover reporters, I lied to Mr Smith - not that I actually spoke to him, I mean - and I'm lying now. I would like to make it absolutely clear that anything I claim to be able to help anyone with in a private conversation, I am lying through my teeth."
His case will be considered by a committee of his peers (although not his Peers), who are expected to publicly issue a stern warning that he mustn't do it again, and then privately take him out for a pub crawl to celebrate his initiation into the "Red-handed Gang".