09:35AM, Monday 28 January 2013
The MP for Windsor has said he is 'flattered' by reports he is being groomed as the next Conservative leader.
But self-made IT millionaire Adam Afriyie has vowed to continue supporting David Cameron amid 'stalking horse' rumours.
Several Sunday newspapers reported yesterday that MPs have been approached to back Mr Afriyie, who became the party's first black MP in 2005, as a leadership candidate if the Conservatives fail to deliver a majority government in 2015.
He told the Express: "It's flattering and it's good to have so many supportive colleagues but, having been on the doorsteps of Windsor on Saturday, my focus is very much on securing David Cameron's success in local and national elections so that people can have their say in an EU referendum and a wholly Conservative government can continue to fix the economy."
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