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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

May 11-4 to still be Tory leader at next election

Boris Johnson leads race to succeed her

Theresa May: did not get the large Conservative majority she had been hoping for
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Theresa May's top aides Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill have resigned and bookmakers think the Conservative leader's future is gloomy.

May is still in Downing Street despite failing to win a majority in Thursday's general election and after her chief strategists fell on their swords, she is an 11-4 chance with Paddy Power to lead her team into the next general election. The firm go 1-5 that she will be replaced before the next national poll.

By contrast, Paddy Power make Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn 2-9 to still be in charge at the next election and 11-4 to have gone by then.

With doubts over the effectiveness and wisdom of the Conservatives' proposed link-up with Northern Irish party the Democratic Unionists, the Tory leadership market is in the spotlight with Boris Johnson the 9-4 favourite.

The foreign secretary's bid to succeed David Cameron in 2016 never really got off the ground and he was easy to back on Saturday with rivals David Davis (5-1), Amber Rudd (7-1) and in particular Ruth Davidson (6-1) more popular.

Among the outsiders who have been shortened by some firms are 50-1 shots Jesse Norman and Dominic Raab and 100-1 Zac Goldsmith.

Don't miss Matthew Engel's verdict on the latest political markets online from 8pm Sunday 

The Tory leadership market is in the spotlight with Boris Johnson the 9-4 favourite
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