Boris Johnson SHOCK: Could Boris be the one to SAVE Brexit? Will he OUST Theresa May?
Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said he was “going for it” when questioned about Tory leadership at a business conference in Manchester. This comes as Theresa May has agreed to set a timetable for the election of her successor as Conservative leader. Following a meeting between Prime Minister and the 1922 executive at Westminster on Thursday, Sir Graham Brady said he would meet her again in early in June to agree the details.
Sir Graham said in a statement: “The Prime Minister is determined to secure our departure from the European Union and is devoting her efforts to securing the second reading of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week commencing June 3, 2019, and the passage of that Bill and the consequent departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union by the summer.
“We have agreed that she and I will meet following the second reading of the Bill to agree a timetable for the election of a new leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party.”
Now, Boris Johnson has thrown his name in the ring as many have begun to speculate as to who the next Tory leader will be.
The former foreign secretary told a business event in Manchester: “I’m going to go for it. Of course I’m going to go for it.”
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Boris Johnson’s odds of becoming the next Conservative Party leader have been cut to 3/1 by 888sport, making him the stand-out favourite to take over from May.
With Mr Johnson confirming he’d “of course” put himself forward to be the next Tory leader after Theresa May – the odds of him leading the Conservatives have shortened from 4/1 to 3/1.
The former Foreign Secretary is now the comfortable leader in the betting, ahead of Dominic Raab 6/1, and Michael Gove 8/1.
Jeremy Hunt 10/1, Matt Hancock 14/1 and Sajid Javid 14/1 also feature in the betting – but all are a long way behind Boris in the online bookmaker’s odds.
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The contenders are all jostling for position, with Mrs May an odds-on 1/10 to depart her role as Prime Minister in 2019.
Her departure might be hastened by an expected Conservative humiliation in the European elections.
The Tories are a huge 80/1 to be the party to gain the most seats in next week’s vote.
The Brexit Party, at 1/14, are predicted to gain a landmark victory.
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An 888sport spokesman said: “It won’t have come as a surprise, but after Boris Johnson confirmed his intention to run for Conservative Party leader, we’ve cut his odds to 3/1.
“Boris enjoys exceptional support from the Tory party grassroots, and as soon as Theresa May steps aside he will be the firm favourite to take her position.
“However, if this year has taught us anything in politics, expect the unexpected, and after being knifed in the back by Michael Gove last time, this may not be all over quite yet.”
Latest Odds for who will become Tory leader next according to 888Sport-
- Boris Johnson 3/1
- Dominic Raab 6/1
- Michael Gove 8/1
- Jeremy Hunt 10/1
- Matt Hancock 14/1
- Sajid Javid 14/1
- Andrea Leadsom 20/1
- Johnny Mercer 20/1
- Penny Mordaunt 20/1
- Amber Rudd 25/1
- Jacob Rees-Mogg 25/1
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