Prime Minister David Cameron has come out in support of Tim Yeo, who faces an anxious wait to find out if he will be retained as his party’s election candidate.
The South Suffolk MP has been accused of neglecting his constituents and spending too much time on financial interests outside politics.
The is currently awaiting the results of a ballot, which saw papers sent to party members asking if he should be re-adopted. This came after the South Suffolk Conservative Association executive committee chose to de-select Mr Yeo in a secret ballot.
In a letter to him, David Cameron said he hoped Mr Yeo would be able to stand as a candidate for 2015.
“You have served your constituency of South Suffolk for over three decades – a record of which you can be enormously proud,” he wrote.
“I very much hope that you will be selected to stand as the Conservative representative in this seat again, so that you can fight to continue representing your constituents in the next Parliament as you always have done in the past, with tenacity and commitment.”
Mr Cameron added that Mr Yeo, who is chairman of the Commons Energy Committee, had “considerable expertise” in rural and environment issues which benefitted the party and the country.
“You have always provided a strong voice for the people of South Suffolk,” Mr Cameron wrote.
“It would be a great loss to your constituents, to Parliament, and to the Conservative Party if the South Suffolk Conservative Association did not re-select you.”
The outcome of the ballot is due on Monday.