Bookmakers William Hill have placed odds of 25/1 on backbencher Adam Afriyie being the next Tory leader.
Several Sunday papers carried stories about Mr Afriyie’s ambitions to succeed David Cameron, but he remains far behind in the field of more likely candidates.
London’s Mayor Boris Johnson remains the favourite at 4/1 in the race to take over when Mr Cameron stands down, with Michael Gove second on 7/1 and Philip Hammond third on 10/1.
“There has been virtually no betting interest in Mr Afriyie as possible next leader until this weekend - but all of a sudden his seems to be the name on political punters' lips,” said a William Hill spokesman.
“He's tenth favourite at the moment but I'd expect his odds to shorten in the near future.”
William Hill are encouraging people to contact them via Twitter with any additional odds they would like on the race to succeed David Cameron on Tory leader.
Mr Afriyie has insisted that he backs the Prime Minister. “I supported David Cameron to become leader,” he told the Mail on Sunday.
“I love him and want him to be leader for the next 20 years.”
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4/1 Boris Johnson; 7/1 Michael Gove; 10/1 Philip Hammond; 12/1 William Hague; Theresa May; George Osborne; 16/1 Justine Greening; Rory Stewart; 18/1 David Davis; 25/1 Adam Afriyie.Tweet