Northampton MP Brian Binley has confirmed he is “seriously considering” standing in next week’s election for the post of deputy speaker of the House of Commons.
The veteran MP for Northampton South, who has confirmed he will leave parliament at the next general election, confirmed he is eyeing up the role, as he has received the support of fellow MPs.
Mr Binley, who has been a strident critic of the Conservative Party leadership, said: “I am seriously considering it on the basis of the sizeable amount of support that has been expressed to me.”
The elections for deputy speaker will take place next Wednesday, it was announced by Speaker John Bercow today.
Mr Binley and the other potential candidates must submit their nominations for the post by next Tuesday.
He said only Liberal Democrat and Tory MPs could apply for the job, which was vacated by Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans last month.
The candidates are known to include former Transport Minister Simon Burns, who resigned from his Government post to contest the position, and one-time reality TV contestant Nadine Dorries.
Epping Forest MP Eleanor Laing also told the Evening Standard she will stand in the election but added she was “certainly not the Number 10 candidate”.
Meanwhile, Tory backbencher Ms Dorries believes her record as an independent-minded MP will boost her chances of becoming Deputy Speaker.
The election follows the resignation of Evans, 55, who resigned as one of Mr Bercow’s deputies last month after he was charged with two counts of indecent assault, five of sexual assault and one of rape.