Brian Binley MP tells Elodie Harper about his career as a Tory rebel, how cancer caused him to take stock of his life, and exactly why he has chosen to stand down as an MP at the next election.
Northampton South MP Brian Binley has revealed he is to undergo chemotherapy to treat low grade lymphoma , a type of cancer. The Conservative MP is due to start the treatment later this month.
He said doctors have told him his hair may fall out and he wanted to let his constituents know why. The MP says he has "nothing but praise for the staff at Northampton General Hospital" and he is "fully confident" that his condition is manageable and the treatment will result in remission.
Northampton South MP Brian Binley has called on the Prime Minister to move the Chancellor, George Osborne from his job. The Conservative MP said it was about time David Cameron sorted out the economy.
The call comes ahead of an expected cabinet reshuffle.
David Cameron has come under fire from another of the region's MPs.
Northampton South MP Brian Binley branded the Prime Minister a "chambermaid" for the Conservatives' coalition partners.
Mr Binley said what the Government actually needed was a major change of direction
In a post on his website, he wrote: "What the country, the Conservative party and the captain of the ship needs now is not so much a reshuffle as a rethink.
"Rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic will do nothing to alter the impression that the ship has lost its way."
He said Mr Cameron needed to change his relationship with the Lib Dems and also build bridges with disaffected Conservatives.
He criticised Mr Cameron for agreeing to the "self-indulgent lunacy" of the Lib Dems.
"The country needs a full-time Prime Minister and not a chambermaid for a marginal, irrelevant pressure group who have got him in a virtual arm-lock with a constant stream of threats to abandon ship."
Mr Binley, treasurer of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tories, said the Prime Minister should repair the damage in his relationship with the party's grassroots.
Northampton South MP Mr Binley's intervention follows the criticism of Mr Cameron from senior Conservative Tim Yeo, who questioned the Prime Minister's political courage over the issue of a third runway at Heathrow.