'Growing gap' between Cameron and Tory party

David Cameron's conduct in office has taken him further away from Tory loyalists, Brian Binley said. Credit: David Jones/PA Archive

There is a "growing gap" between David Cameron and the Conservative Party, according to one of the party's MPs.

Brian Binley MP said Mr Cameron was made leader because "we thought he was a winner" but had now "done a few things that the party in the country overall didn't want him to do".

Mr Binley called for an investigation into whether a close ally of the Prime Minister had dismissed grassroots activists as "mad, swivel-eyed loons", but his request was rejected by the party's board.

While welcoming Mr Cameron's conciliatory email to party members, Mr Binley told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "He may believe in them but we are talking about the gap between himself and the party."

"I think it is a growing gap," he said, but added: "I think it can be put right and I think David Cameron is listening as proved by the fact that actions are now being taken."