North West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham has assured constituents he will still properly represent them if he wins the job of deputy speaker.
Mr Bellingham is keen to be considered for the role that would require him to give up his right to a House of Commons vote.
It would also bar him from asking questions or speaking in debates.
He said: “As deputy speaker you have unparalleled access to every minister from the prime minister downwards.
“I wouldn’t be doing this if I felt I would not be able to represent my constituency on things like the incinerator, NHS and all of the other interests I’ve got.
“I am absolutely confident it would not compromise the constituency responsibilities I’ve got.”
Mr Bellingham has been at the fore of campaigning against the unpopular proposal to build an incinerator in Saddlebow.
One of three deputy speaker positions became vacant with the resignation of Nigel Evans, who is facing sex offence charges.
The role involves chairing debates and helping to run parliament.
Mr Bellingham said: “I’m an outsider in this race for the simple reason there will be a lot of competition. There are people with as much experience as I have.
“I hope my detailed understanding of procedure as well as the fact that I am courteous to my colleagues will go in my favour.
“I do take the view that it’s a very important job. You are absolutely at the heart of how parliament runs.
“I have had a good run on the front benches, ten years until last year.”
Mr Bellingham lost his job as foreign office minister in last year’s reshuffle.
Nominations to fill the deputy speaker vacancy must be received by Tuesday.
Only Conservative or Liberal Democrat MPs will be eligible for nomination in order to maintain the party balance between the Deputy Speakers and a secret ballot will be held on Wednesday.
A number of other MPs, including Chelmsford MP and former rail minister Simon Burns and Mid-Bedfordshire MP and I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here 2012 contestant Nadine Dorries, have also stated their interest in the job.
Mr Bellingham believes he would have no trouble in creating a constructive relationship with speaker John Bercow.
To stand for election, MPs need to be sponsored by at least six other MPs and must win a majority vote from the entire House of Commons.