Theresa May has already said that she won’t lead the Conservatives into the next General Election. A new leader will have to be elected and there are several candidates to take over. Can Boris Johnson finally get the job we all know he so desperately wants?

Do His Friends Outnumber His Enemies?

Just when Theresa May resigns isn’t known. A resignation once Brexit is sorted out is likely and it’s 4/7 (1.57) at Betfair she leaves office in 2019. Labour will of course call for a General Election rather than seeing a Prime Minister who wasn’t voted in by the voters. That argument doesn’t work though considering the way both Jim Callaghan and Gordon Brown became Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson is currently available at odds of 6/1 (7.0) at Betway to be May’s successor. For many the thought of him being Prime Minister is a scary one. He’s the kind of politician who is always just a sentence away from putting his foot in it.

Johnson has his supporters in the party but also plenty of enemies. Those wanting to stay in the EU won’t forget how he supported the Leave campaign. Others haven’t forgotten his comments about the burqa. Then there was article in which he referred to black people in Africa as “flag-waving piccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles.” All his controversial and often thoughtless comments from the past will be dragged into the headlines if he stands for the leadership.

Gove Back in Favour

Current favourite to become the next Tory leader is Michael Gove. He scuppered Johnson’s chances in the last leadership election by refusing to back him. Gove then only managed to poll 14.6% of the votes in the first ballot trailing way behind Theresa May and 18 votes less than Andrea Leadsom.

Three years later he’s the 5/1 (6.0) favourite with Betfair to succeed May. A recent barnstorming speech in the Commons during the recent no-confidence debate has raised his profile immensely. Many loved the way in which he laid into Jeremy Corbyn and would like to see more of the same but as party leader.

Published by Steve Ashfield

Steve is a self-employed freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from sport to politics. He loves his statistics and quotes them at every opportunity.

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