The MP for Wycombe has branded any question of a leadership bid by him as “radically implausible”.

Steve Baker MP said there is “no question” of an attempt by him to seek the leadership of the Conservative Party and to become Prime Minister despite recent speculation.

Rumours of Mr Baker “positioning himself” for the top job in government emerged amid fallout from a WhatsApp group leak and after his recent relaunch of pressure group Conservative Way Forward.

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Mr Baker appears to have removed culture secretary Nadine Dorries from Tory MP WhatsApp group Clean Global Brexit after she defended Prime Minister Boris Johnson during an exchange about the resignation of Brexit minister Lord Frost from Cabinet.

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Lord Frost was said to be unhappy with the direction of Government and the re-introduction of Covid measures, according to Sky News.

Mr Baker promptly followed the culture secretary’s removal from the group with “enough is enough”, and a thumbs-up emoji after Andrew Bridgen MP said, “about time”.

Sky News deputy political editor Sam Coates published a quote from an anonymous Tory source in light of Mr Baker’s actions, claiming the Wycombe MP is eyeing the leadership role: “Proof that Baker for all his BS claims of loyalty is after the PM’s job and won’t tolerate people defending him.”


And former Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Wycombe, Toni Brodelle recently claimed Mr Baker’s relaunch of Conservative Way Forward is him “positioning himself ready for a Tory leadership contest”.

She also claimed he “should be kept as far away from leadership as possible”.

Mr Baker said: “Any question of a back-bench MP seeking the leadership of the Conservative Party and to become Prime Minister is radically implausible. There is no question of such an attempt by me and I find anyone’s raising it frankly absurd, completely disconnected from political reality.”

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