Conservative MP Bob Blackman has said that “the favourite” in Conservative leadership races “very rarely wins”.
This comes as Theresa May told the Conservative 1922 Committee that she "will not stand in the way" of the party having new leadership, telling the 1922: "I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party."
Mr Blackman, a member of the committee told talkRADIO’s Eamonn Holmes: “My advice to all those seeking favour among Conservative MPs is to concentrate on the here and now.”
Unwilling to say who he would back in a leadership bid, he added: “In my long experience of the Conservative party, the favourite very rarely wins.”
Mr Blackman described Mrs May as “emotional” during her speech to the Conservative backbench committee.
He said it would have made a “big difference” to the 2017 general election result if the British public had seen her “emotional” side.
He said: “The British public have not seen Theresa May’s emotional side. In many ways that is a shame for her and the public because the media portrayed her in a very negative sense of being a robotic individual.
“I think it definitely would have made a big difference in the 2017 general election.”