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."
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