Rory Stewart is proving popular with punters and the public, after being backed into second favourite to be next Prime Minister.
The Hong Kong-born Oxford & Eton graduate is the current Secretary of State for International Development, and was considered a rank outsider when the original 11 candidates to succeed Theresa May as Conservative Party leader were confirmed.
However, Stewart is still going strong and he has appealed to the general public with his willingness to engage via Social Media, and they are getting behind him in the betting shops around the country.
Johnson is now as short as 1/7 to be named next PM, but now it is Stewart who is 8/1 ahead of Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt at 14/1 and Enviroment Secretary Michael Gove at 22/1.
The rank outsider now is Dominic Raab, but that is mainly because he is aligned with Johnson in their determination to push through Brexit before the end of October deadline that is already in place, and there is little chance both will make the final two in the leadership battle.
The final two candidates – who will be decided by Thursday – will go head-to-head in the election with each other with the Tory membership voting on the new leader, who will be confirmed early in July.
OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton commented: “There is no doubt who the big mover has been in the last few days, Rory Stewart is gaining a lot of traction, but even at 8/1 he is no better than best of the rest.
“Boris is 1/7 on, meaning he is nearly at 90% implied probability of winning.”
Boris Johnson @ 1/7
Rory Stewart @ 8/1
Jeremy Hunt @ 14/1
Michael Gove @ 22/1
Sajid Javid @ 40/1
Dominic Raab @ 50/1
*Odds correct at time of writing
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