Following a narrow defeat for the Remain side in the EU referendum, David Cameron has decided to step down from his position as Prime Minister, leaving the door open for a fresh face to move into Number 10. Cameron announced his decision to surrender his role just hours after the final results were declared, stating that the country required “fresh leadership”. Brexit created a vast divide in the Conservatives, a gap that must be bridged by the next leader to avoid unrest within the party in power.
The bookmaker's favourite is the former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. The wild-haired Etonian was the figurehead of the Leave campaign and will no doubt be hoping that he can continue his push for a stronger, more independent Britain from the front. Boris is a popular and charismatic figure who may be able to connect with those outside of his party, but his bumbling approach will perhaps not appeal to all. You can get odds of 4/6 that the 52-year-old will be the country’s next leader.
Odds on Theresa May becoming Britain’s second female Prime Minister have tumbled in recent weeks, despite her objections to the country leaving the European Union. May, who is the longest-serving Home Secretary for 50 years, may appeal to female voters, but the ‘quiet woman of British politics’ may lack the charisma necessary for the role. The 59-year-old is priced at 9/4 to take the country’s reins from Cameron.
Much like May, Michael Gove has recently found himself creeping up on Cameron’s position and is now a favourable 11/2 to take the top job. Gove was seen as one of the key figures in the Brexit battle and renowned for his professional and articulate nature. However, a number of unpopular decisions as Education Secretary has made him extremely unpopular amongst teachers.
Should the Conservatives feel it necessary to call a general election before the next leader can be found in October (5/2 for a 2016 election), it could be that the job falls to a member of one of the other main political parties to provide a Prime Minister. Labour frontman Jeremy Corbyn is now 16/1 to clinch the leadership, while fellow Labour members Chuka Umunna and Andy Burnham (66/1 and 80/1) are seen as outside bets. Nigel Farage, a key player in Brexit, is also in the running - 40/1.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Next Prime Minister after David Cameron: Michael Gove 11/2
*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the coming months.