Sir George said he was disappointed that the man he proposed as leader of the party was knocked out in the first round.
"Ken was a popular candidate amongst members of my North West Hants constituency party, and they will be sad they won't have an opportunity to vote for him. I am also concerned at the impact this will have on people who haven't voted Conservative - particularly floating voters. All the evidence I have seen shows that Ken was the candidate most likely to win their support - and without their support we can't win."
"I will now reflect on whom to support in the remaining rounds. David Cameron has asked for a meeting and I hope to see him soon."