Politics By Graham Sharpe

Cameron Out By End Of Year, Boris In?

DAVID CAMERON has been heavily backed to stand down as Tory leader before the end of this year, at the same time as Boris Johnson has become favourite to succeed him in the role, say bookmakers William Hill.

Hills have cut their odds for Mr Cameron to quit as leader during 2016 from 10/1 to 7/2, while Boris Johnson has overtaken George Osborne as favourite to suceed him and is now down from 4/1 to 9/4 favourite with Hills to do so.

'Punters seem to believe backing David Cameron to leave his role this year gives them two chances of collecting on the bet – if he wins the day with a 'Remain' vote in the Referendum he may decide to stand down in glory as a winner, but if he loses he will inevitably come under pressure to resign as a loser' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

MEANWHILE, HILLS HAVE SHORTENED THEIR ODDS FOR A 'REMAIN' VOTE IN THE REFERENDUM FROM 2/5 TO 4/11, AND LENGTHENED THEIR 'BREXIT' ODDS FROM 7/4 TO 2/1. 'For the first time we have seeen a significant surge of bets on the 'Remain' option' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe. Hills have also cut their odds for 'Remain' to poll 55% or more of the votes cast, from 10/11 to 8/11.

WILLIAM HILL: NEXT TORY LEADER...9/4 Boris Johnson; 11/4 George Osborne; 8/1 Sajid Javid; 9/1 Theresa May; 10/1 Priti Patel; 12/1 Michael Gove. Others on request.

WHEN WILL DAVID CAMERON STAND DOWN AS TORY LEADER?...7/2 2016; 10/1 2017; 8/1 2018; 5/4 2019; 6/5 2020; 14/1 2021 or later.