Earlier this month Boris Johnson apologised for attending a party at No 10 Downing Street which was in breach of Covid regulations. The Prime Minister said he “believed implicitly that this was a work event” however has since been urged to resign by MPs from across the political spectrum. At this point, it remains to be seen how much longer Mr Johnson can continue as both the PM and leader of the Conservative Party. So, who potentially could succeed him?
According to betting agent Ladbrokes, Mr Johnson currently has odds of 1/6 to still be Tory leader by the time we reach the next general election – in May 2024.
In fact, he’s also at 2/7 to be replaced as PM in 2022 with this likelihood increasing to 13/2 the following year.
Mr Johnson could be ousted by his own MPs if 15 percent (54 MPs) submit a letter of no confidence in the leader to the chair of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady.
In this scenario he would then need to secure the backing of more than 50 percent of Tory MPs (179), to avoid forfeiting his leadership credentials
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Jeremy Hunt – Chair of Health and Social Care Committee
Currently third choice with the bookmaker at 7/1 to become the next Prime Minister, Mr Hunt is an experienced Tory backbencher who has been an MP since 2005.
As a vocal critic of the Government’s handling of the Covid pandemic Mr Hunt would be somewhat of a surprise choice given his omission from the Cabinet since Mr Johnson became PM in 2019.
He finished second in the Tory leadership contest held that same year and has indicated he could run again in the future.