UK Politics: Boris Johnson cut for Tory leader despite ‘suicide vest’ remarks

The former Foreign Secretary has tumbled in the betting to be next leader of the Tory party despite controversial 'suicide vest' remarks


Despite Boris Johnson’s ‘suicide vest’ remarks at the  weekend, bookmakers say his odds for next Conservative leader have continued to tumble steadily.

The former Foreign Secretary is 4/1 favourite – in from 5/1 before his controversial column was published – to be next Tory leader, regardless of supposed backlash from MPs.

And, as he ramps up his bid for power, it’s now 11/5 in from 3/1 for a Tory leadership contest to take place this year, after a steady flow of large bets.

As such, he remains the favourite for next Prime Minister at 5/1, ahead of Jeremy Corbyn above (6/1), Sajid Javid (6/1), Jacob Rees-Mogg (7/1) and Michael Gove (7/1).

Spokesman Paddy Power said: “Boris Johnson’s latest explosive comments are not impacting the number of bets we’ve seen on him to be next Tory leader, in fact, it’s become an even more popular selection since his latest scandal.

“It seems savvy punters believe this is his latest ploy to get attention as he attempts to propel his standing. Hold on to your hats, or daft haircuts…”


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