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Oliver Dowden has dismissed tales about his potential candidacy for the Tory management as “total and utter nonsense”. The Deputy Prime Minister instructed Sky News: “There’s only one thing that I’m focused on, and that is making sure we have an overall majority for the Conservative Party, to fight for every single vote.”

His remark comes after reviews on Saturday (June 29) that main Tories don’t desire him to change into their social gathering’s caretaker chief ought to the Conservatives lose the General Election on July 4 and Rishi Sunak resigns.

Mr Dowden is claimed to have been a key determine urging the prime minister to name the snap election, which is in its sixth and closing week.

A Conservative supply instructed the Mirror Mr Dowden ought to be despatched “into political exile” if the social gathering loses.

Former Home Secretary Dame Priti Patel, Commons Leader Penny Mordaunt and Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch have all been tipped as potential new social gathering leaders.

Another Tory insider instructed the Express that when the voting ends on Thursday all ideas will flip to how the social gathering recovers.

They mentioned: “Barring a miracle we know we’re going to lose this election and it’s all about damage limitation now.

“Nobody can discuss what occurs subsequent as a result of it will seem like they’re stoking divisions. But as soon as the voting is over, all ideas will flip to how we get better from this.”

Mr Dowden, who is defending a 22,980 strong majority in Hertsmere, has occupied a number of roles in government, including Culture Secretary, Cabinet Office minister and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

He appeared on the airwaves on Sunday (June 30), taking the attack to Labour and Reform UK as well as defending the Tories’ record in office.

Told the Conservatives were facing a “disaster” built up over many years, he told Sky’s Trevor Phillips: “I’m not going to just accept the premise of your query truly.

“If you look at the record since 2010, when we came to office unemployment was a huge problem. Since then, four million jobs have been created, record unemployment. Now we have the highest reading standards in the western world. So we have got a record of which we can be proud.”

Mr Dowden additionally warned the “shine” would come off Labour “pretty quickly” and “the bigger the Labour majority, the bigger the buyer’s remorse”.

He insisted his goal was nonetheless for the Conservatives to win an “overall majority” quite than keep away from a Labour “supermajority”, which Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has warned of.