General Election 2017: Boris Johnson favourite for next Tory leader

The Foreign Secretary leads list of candidates to succeed Theresa May...

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As the UK scrambles to come to terms with the exit polls tonight, Paddy Power have priced up who will succeed Theresa May as Conservative Leader.

With May under-pressure as a result of the potentially disastrous figures hinted at by the first exit poll, Boris Johnson is in prime position to replace her at 2/1 to be the next Tory leader.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond (7/1) is next in line, ahead of Sajid Javid (12/1) and Michael Gove (14/1).

Check out the latest General Election odds on PaddyPower.com

Asked about May’s position spokesman Paddy Power said: “Will the Tories smother Theresa if the exit polls prove to be right? Maybe, after a particularly haphazard election campaign.

“So I’m sure they’d be relieved to see a safe pair of hands on the till if Boris Johnson takes over. His wait for the top spot could soon be BoJo-ver.”

See the full Next Tory Leader market here.

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