Tory MP 'backed as next leader'

Tory MP Adam Afriyie has emerged as a surprise contender to be the next party leader if David Cameron fails to deliver a majority at the 2015 general election, report the Mail on Sunday and the Sunday Times.

'Adam is the future' says friend of Tory MP

The Mail on Sunday has reported that MPs approached to give their support to Adam Afriyie as a potential successor to David Cameron had been told that Mr Afriyie had the backing of 40 MPs.

The Sunday Times quoted a "friend" of Mr Afriyie, who is 47, as saying: "The team are well organised.

"They are very concerned about the long-term future of the party and believe Adam is the future. He has a fantastic back story and is very impressive."

Columnist dismisses Tory leadership contest

Matthew D'Ancona has dismissed the notion of a leadership contest before 2015.

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Zero chance of a leadership contest pre-2015. There can be no 'stalking horse' in a system where the leader cannot be challenged...

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...only subjected to a vote of no confidence (as IDS was in 2003). Cameron would have to be sacked by MPs or resign. Dream on

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Tory MP 'backed as next leader'

MP Adam Afriyie
MP Adam Afriyie Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Conservative party MP Adam Afriyie has emerged as a surprise contender to be the next party leader if David Cameron fails to deliver a majority at the 2015 general election, report the Mail on Sunday and the Sunday Times.

Several MPs are reported to have been approached to endorse the IT millionaire's campaign.

Mark Field, one of those reported to have been pushing Mr Afriyie as a potential leader, said: "I do not think it's any plot against the Prime Minister".