14 Tory back-benchers are said to have filed written requests for a leadership contest to oust Cameron

September 13th, 2012

Could this be for real?

According to the Steerpike blog at the Spectator formal efforts have started to try to oust David Cameron.

    He writes: “Mr Steerpike understands that only fourteen Tory MPs have written to Graham Brady, the chairman of the backbenchers 1922 committee, asking for a leadership contest to oust David Cameron. Although the names officially remain a secret, fourteen is the number that the PM’s enemies believe that they have secured so far..”

Under the Tory leadership rules a total of 46 MPs would have to put their requests in writing asking for a contest – so there is quite a long way to go.

But the interesting news is that, if Steerpike is to be believed, moves have already started.

Mike Smithson @MSmithsonPB