BROMSGROVE MP Sajid Javid may be preparing to take over as Conservative Party leader as Brexit controversy continues.

Mr Javid, who is currently Home Secretary, is reported to have told Tory MPs he is the only one who can beat Labour's Jeremy Corbyn in a general election.

The MailOnline website says Mr Javid has been boosted polling data for The Mail on Sunday which shows leadership rival Boris Johnson is more disliked by voters.

The polling also says another possible contender for the Tory leadership, Michael Gove, is even more unpopular than Mr Johnson.

Mr Javid is believed to have told MPs only he can reach all parts of the electorate by playing on his humble background as the son of an immigrant who came to Britain with just one pound.

He was born in Rochdale and was state school educated and studied at Exeter University.

Before his election to Parliament in 2010 in the safe Conservative constituency of Bromsgrove he made millions as a successful banker.

While Mr Javid may fancy his chances for the top job the charismatic Boris Johnson remains favourite to succeed Mrs May, who has said she will step down before the next general election.