From The Guardian (UK), about the British moderate-conservative parliamentarian: "It was the coup that never was. A black Conservative MP who was named on Sunday as a surprise candidate to succeed David Cameron in two right-leaning newspapers has been forced to deny that he could be a 'stalking horse candidate' who might bring down the prime minister. Adam Afriyie, the suave multimillionaire MP for Windsor, has been reportedly groomed as a replacement for the prime minister if the Tories fail to deliver a majority government in 2015."
The article continues: "Tellingly, both the Mail on Sunday and the Sunday Times claimed that he had a campaign team in place and that backbenchers are being asked to sign a pledge of their support in expectation of a future leadership challenge. But after several hours of speculation, Afriyie appeared on Sky News to say that he had held regular talks with colleagues 'about the long-term future of the party' but rejected suggestions that he was being lined up as part of any plot to oust its leader. 'I will never stand against David Cameron, I am 100% supportive of David Cameron and I am working with many colleagues but to make sure we give the Conservatives the best chance of winning the May elections, the euro elections and the 2015 election,' he told Sky News."
A Bookerista Responds
Walaa Idris, a Conservative Party activist in London, writes about MP Adam Afriyie: "When I read Adam Afriyie is plotting to replace David Cameron as leader, my initial reaction was shock laced laughter. Not because Adam is not capable of leading the party — more than most the other suspects paraded around since 2010, Afriyie is the candidate I can actually see myself getting excited about. But, as described by many, including Tory MPs, he is very loyal and will never sanction such a move. So wherever those Sunday pieces came from it wasn’t him."
Ms. Idris continues her commentary about the situation: "Which makes you wonder, who is behind them and why now? Especially, as only a week ago David Cameron promised the country an EU referendum, one of the main issues dividing the Tory party. Cameron’s ratings are at their highest and because of it Labour is in a real fix. Therefore, whoever made that move is a loser! The winner has to be the Prime Minister himself, for managing to drive Labour into utter confusion and media management frenzy. Since last week’s PMQs [Prime Minister's Questions] exchange — where Ed Miliband categorically promised he will not give the British public a referendum on the EU — Labourites haven’t stopped telling us ‘but what he (Miliband) meant is no referendum for now’."