Tory leadership odds: Is Boris certain to be PM as Gloucestershire hustings near?
The Tory leadership race is nearing its end now as Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt continue their tour around the UK. The Prime Minister hopefuls are next scheduled for hustings in Gloucestershire this evening, where they will have their next opportunity to garner support from the Tory voter base. This evening’s hustings are the first in the final four of the month, with the last on June 17. After this, the final step in the leadership process is the results, expected by July 22.
Is Boris Johnson a certainty to become PM?
Boris Johnson is the clear favourite between the two candidates, rising ahead of Jeremy Hunt as a popular figure.
The former London Mayor is enjoying support from Tory grassroots members, who are overwhelmingly pro-Brexit and in favour of a no deal, both things championed by Mr Johnson.
Mr Hunt’s history as a Remain voter who would opt for a no deal Brexit with a “heavy heart” may have hurt his position among the Tory base.
The results of the Tory leadership election are already decided, according to one poll of Conservative voters.
The poll, conducted by Tory website Conservative Home, found nearly three-quarters of the party’s 180,000 strong leadership voted for Mr Johnson.
Some 72 percent of people said they support or planned to support Mr Johnson over Mr Hunt.
Express.co.uk readers share this attitude, as they also favour Boris Johnson.
A poll conducted by Express.co.uk this week found 63 percent of 21,341 people put their support behind the ex-Foreign Secretary.
Less than a quarter of people said they were in favour of the current Foreign Secretary taking the leadership role.
The full results were as follows:
– Boris Johnson: 13,410 (63 percent)
– Jeremy Hunt: 4,952 (24 percent)
– Don’t know: 2,979 (13 percent)
Boris Johnson is a “near certainty” to win according to bookmakers.
Recent odds from Ladbrokes have odds of 1/20 Mr Johnson will become Prime Minister.
Jeremy Hunt, who has declared himself the “underdog” of the competition, is at odds of 12/1.
Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Johnson has weathered recent storms and he’s looking like a near certainty to become the next leader of the Conservatives.”
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