Politics By Graham Sharpe

Gamble On Chancellor To Quit By End Of Year

GEORGE OSBORNE, a 6/1 chance to cease to be Chancellor this year BEFORE he delivered the Budget, has now been gambled down to 7/4 with William Hill to stand down before the end of the year. 'This is the most difficult situation the Chancellor has been in since taking on the job and thee are plenty of political punters betting that it will herald his departure from the role sooner rather than later' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

William Hill have already opened a market on which Cabinet position Mr Osborne may next ake on- and make Foreign Secretary the 5/2 favourite, with Home Secretary 6/1 and Business Secretary 16/1.

Mr Osborne's chance of succeeding David Cameron as Tory leader have also taken a buffeting and he has doubled in odds from 2/1 to 4/1, while his great rival Boris Johnson is now a hot 7/4 favourite with Hills to be the next leader.

WILLIAM HILL....WHEN WILL OSBORNE STEP DOWN AS CHANCELLOR?...7/4 2016; 8/1 2017; 8/1 2018; 7/2 2019; 5/2 2020; 10/1 2021 OR LATER

3/1 ANY OTHER CABINET MINISTER TO STAND DOWN BEFORE EU REFERENDUM TAKES PLACE

OSBORNE'S NEXT MINISTERIAL JOB...5/2 Foreign Sec; 9/2 PM; 6/1 Home Sec; 16/1 Business Sec; 25/1 Sec State Works/Pensions; 9/4 to take no othjer Cabinet position; 5/1 To take any other Cabinet position.

NEXT TORY LEADER.?..7/4 JOHNSON; 4/1 OSBORNE; 7/1 GOVE; 8/1 JAVID; 10/1 MAY; 11/1 PATEL; 12/1 CRABB; 25/1 VILLIERS

WHEN WILL CAMERON STEP DOWN AS TORY LEADER?...7/2 2016; 7/1 2017; 8/1 2018; 11/8 2019; 11/8 2020; 16/1 2021 OR LATER