Chris Grayling denies wanting to replace David Cameron as Conservative leader
Epsom’s MP has rubbished reports that he is jockeying for David Cameron's job after the next election.
The Daily Mirror claimed this morning that Chris Grayling, who is Secretary of State for Justice, along with Home Secretary Theresa May, and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, have supporters to replace Mr Cameron as the party’s leader if the Tories lose the next general election in 2015, according to website ConservativeHome.
But Mr Grayling branded the claims as "nonsense".
He said: "There’s no ring and I don’t have a hat to throw in.
"It’s media tittle-tattle. There’s no vacancy for the position of leader. We will fight the next general election with David Cameron as our leader."
Mr Grayling, 50, has been MP for Epsom and Ewell since 2001. He served as shadow home secretary, shadow secretary of state for work and pensions, and shadow leader of the House of Commons in opposition. He became minister for employment after the last election election and was promoted to justice secretary in September.