Most of his backers come from the right. A small group, which proudly calls itself the "awkward squad" of the Tory backbenches, will bang the drum, led by David Maclean.
"After two crushing defeats it is time to make a clean break. The public wants a decent and capable alternative to Labour. It is time for a more honest approach."
Dashing fresh face who could appeal to party rank and file. Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, with impressive media and policy skills. Another fierce Euro-sceptic
Small fees from lectures and journalism. Presented Channel 4's 'Powerhouse' programme
Can he win?
Self-styled "dark horse" could come up on the rails if Clarke and Ancram fall at the first fence and he squeaks ahead of Duncan Smith. An outside bet, as was John Major.