With pressure mounting on Boris Johnson over the ‘partygate’ scandal, British bookmakers have seen plenty of interest in the next Prime Minister political odds.
New revelations regarding Government gatherings during periods of lockdown seem to be coming out on a daily basis and calls for Johnson to go are gathering more and more momentum.
Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer has urged Johnson to stand down, declaring: “If he misled Parliament, he must resign.”
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford is another staunch critic, describing Johnson as: “A man who demeans the office of Prime Minister.”
Blackford added: “Every moment he stays, he is dragging out the agony for families who are reminded of the sacrifices they made, and dragging his party further through the dirt.”
Johnson is quoted at 1/6 by William Hill betting site to leave his post this year, 8/1 to exit in 2023 and 5/1 to still be in charge at the start of 2024.
As for who will succeed him, Rishi Sunak is a firm favourite in the next Prime Minister odds, with Boylesports offering 7/5 for him to get the top job.
The 41-year-old Chancellor of the Exchequer is currently under pressure himself due to a failure to tackle Covid fraud, with billions of pounds of business support misappropriated.
However, Sunak still appears to be very much in credit with the public thanks to his overall handling of financial problems caused by the pandemic.
His furlough scheme was hailed as a huge success which saved millions of jobs and has kept Britain on course to make a quick recovery.
Liz Truss is as short as 9/2 second favourite with William Hill but can still be backed at 6/1 with bet365 and Coral.
Ahead of a report into ‘partygate’ being published, the Foreign Secretary insisted she is fully behind Johnson staying put.
Truss told Sky News: “The Prime Minister has appeared before Parliament, he has apologised for what has happened, he’s admitted that mistakes were made and I 100 per cent support him and want him to continue as Prime Minister.”
Should Johnson’s position become untenable, though, Truss would be a popular choice to take over among some prominent Conservative party members.
Jeremy Hunt finished second to Johnson in the last Conservative leadership race and is 7/1 to now replace him with bet365.
Those who believe Johnson will ride the current storm and keep his position until the next General Election may be tempted by 10/1 for Starmer at William Hill in this market.
The Labour leader recently tweeted: “The Prime Minister is a national distraction.
“Millions of people are struggling to pay the bills, but Boris Johnson and his government are spending the whole time mopping up their own rule-breaking, sleaze and deceit. He’s got to go.”
However, with his party holding a sizeable lead in the latest opinion polls, Starmer may be better served by being patient and having Johnson as his opponent in any future election.
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