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Afriyie denies bid for Tory leadership

FRUSTRATED: Adam Afriyie is known to be discontent at being overlooked for cabinet positions

A HIGH PROFILE black Tory, has denied rumours that he plans to launch an election bid against David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party.

Adam Afriyie, 47, MP for Windsor, insisted he was “100 percent focused on helping David Cameron”, following speculation that he might have gained sufficient support to lead a backbench revolt against the Prime Minister, if the party loses the 2015 election

Tory MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, Nadine Dorries, who was suspended for appearing in I'm A Celebrity, posted a video on her website adding weight to the rumour.

She said: "I think there are four people who are likely to be the next Conservative leader.

"I think Adam will probably be one of them, Jessie Norman, Boris Johnson or Michael Gove."

A few MP also claim they have been approached to sign a letter endorsing Peckham born Afriyie.

The 47-year-old grew up on a council estate with his English mother without his absent Ghanaian father, a back-story which has predictably led to comparisons being drawn US president Barack Obama.

Afriyie is said to be frustrated by the fact that he has failed to win a government job under Cameron.

A chief whip reportedly told The Daily Mail that “Afriyie is clearly up to something. He is desperate for promotion, but the idea he could replace David Cameron is a joke. There is always a bitter brigade.”

However, self-made millionaire Afriyie, who became the first black Tory when he was elected in 2005, said he is “100 percent focused on helping David Cameron win the upcoming local and European elections and the general election in 2015 so that people can have their say over Europe and a Conservative Government can finish the job of fixing the economy."

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