Having squandered the Conservative majority, Theresa May is coming under pressure to resign. It’s not just from Jeremy Corbyn and opposition parties: Tory MPs are calling for her to go too, with Anna Soubry first out of the blocks this morning.
So if she does resign (perhaps after the ‘period of stability’ she’s called for) who might take over? Douglas Carswell says it’s a straight fight between David Davis and Boris Johnson:
Seems a Tory leadership contest (DD v BoJo) followed by second General Election within a few months is now inevitable
— Douglas Carswell (@DouglasCarswell) June 9, 2017
But who do the bookies fancy? Although she won in Hastings and Rye, with a small majority of just 346, Amber Rudd has been written off by PaddyPower. They agree with Carswell: Boris is the 3/1 favourite, with Davis behind him on 10/3. Other prospective candidates trail behind.