Bookmakers name two clear favourites to replace Boris Johnson as next Prime Minister

Boris Johnson has been urged to step down as the ‘Partygate’ controversy intensified after he admitted attending a ‘bring your own booze’ event at Downing Street during the first Covid lockdown.

The Prime Minister admitted he was there for around 25 minutes on May 20, 2020 to thank “groups of staff” for their work in the first weeks of the pandemic.

In the House of Commons, he said he “implicitly believes that this is a labor event”.

Some of his allies have defended him, including Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg, who said Johnson “made his apology clear”.

However, some Tories are now urging him to resign – including Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross.

And should he go, bookies believe there are two candidates who will be leading the race to replace him. TeessideLive reports.

The favorite is Rishi Sunak, the current Chancellor, whom Sky Bet have as a 2/1 favorite to be the next incumbent at No10.

Liz Truss, the Secretary of State, trails Sunak at odds of 3/1 over Sky Bet.

Then the odds increase that the politicians who are most likely to be next will throw their hats in the ring.

Former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who lost to Boris Johnson in the latest leadership challenge, is 8/1 while Michael Gove is 9/1.

Priti Patel has odds of 16/1 and Sajid Javid 22/1 – suggesting they are not seen as likely Johnson successors.

Sky Bet are offering 66/1 odds on ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage getting the job – or 200/1 on David Cameron unexpectedly returning in 10th place.

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