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Chances in favor of Indian-born Chancellor Rishi Sunak as pressure mounts on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to step down

A major UK bookmaker has slashed the odds of troubled Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigning soon, with Indian-born Chancellor Rishi Sunak as the frontrunner to step in at 10 Downing Street. Betfair says the time seems to be running out for Johnson, 57, who is under pressure not only from the opposition but also from his own Tory party to step down following revelations of an aperitif in Downing Street during the the The country’s first COVID-19 lockdown in May 2020. Obviously, Sunak was out of the House of Commons chamber on Wednesday when his boss issued a “heartfelt apology” for the apparent violation of the lockdown guidelines.

“I have been visiting all day today to continue working on our #PlanForJobs and meeting with MPs to discuss the energy situation,” tweeted Sunak, 41, in an attempt to quell speculation that his absence alongside Johnson in Parliament was an attempt to distance himself from the besieged party leader. “The Prime Minister was right to apologize and I support his request for patience while Sue Gray leads his investigation, Sunak,” the Chancellor of the Exchequer has said since February 2020.

Some newspapers interpreted the timing and content of Sunak’s message of support as lukewarm support for his boss and neighbor on Downing Street, the BBC reported. Senior official Sue Gray is currently investigating all alleged lockdown violations at government premises, including Downing Street. There have been a slew of revelations of similar events in recent weeks, which Johnson has tried to justify as work events at his workplace. But there are growing internal struggles and concern within the ranks of the Conservative Party, with many backbenchers speaking out to say his position is untenable after attending what appeared to be rallies. violating the rules in force at the time.

In terms of replacement, longtime favorite Rishi Sunak still leads the bet at 15/8, with (Foreign Secretary) Liz Truss at 11/4 and (Cabinet Minister) Michael Gove at 6/1 the next two most likely alternatives if the PM were to leave No 10, “Betfair’s Sam Rosbottom told Wales Online. Other high-ranking Tories in contention include former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt at 8 / 1 and Indian-born Home Secretary Priti Patel, Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Cabinet Minister Oliver Dowden, all tied for fifth place at 14/1.

“The latest bets suggest time is running out for Boris Johnson,” Rosbottom said. The bookmaker also offers an exchange service where players can set up their own betting market and on the Betfair Exchange the market is leaning towards the UK having a new Prime Minister by the end of the year. The oddschecker betting odds comparison site also has Sunak on top of leadership issues.

A YouGov poll for the Times, conducted ahead of Johnson’s apology to Parliament on Wednesday, found that six in 10 voters believed Johnson should resign, including 38% of those who voted Tory in the last election. He found that 78 percent of the public did not believe the prime minister was honest in his responses to questions about alleged parties. This included 63 percent of Conservative voters. Johnson’s approval ratings are also at an all-time low, with the Conservative Party falling 10 points behind the Labor opposition, the biggest gap since December 2013.

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(Edited by : Vijay Anand)

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