Politics By Graham Sharpe

Javid Waving Tata To Tory Leadership?

SAJID JAVID has been ignored by political punters since the Tata Steel crisis kicked in, say bookmakers William Hill - 'We have not taken a single bet for Sajid Javid to become the next Tory leader since the Tata story broke' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.'From being one of the most consistently well backed contenders as he moved into fifth place in the betting he seems to have become toxic in the last few days.'

Hills make Javid 8/1 joint fifth favourite with Theresa May to be the next leader. The two still trail 9/4 favourite Boris Johnson ,4/1 George Osborne – who is also being recently neglected in the market since the less than rapturous reception for his budget- and 7/1 Michael Gove.

Meanwhile, with the contenders to his crown suffering setbacks, Hills say they have started to see a number of bets for David Cameron to change his mind about standing down and still to be leader in 2021, the year after the next General Election. 'We've had to cut the odds for David Cameron still to be leader in 2021 from 20/1 to 16/1 – but he too could be in trouble if the EU Referndum produces a Brexit result' added Sharpe.

NEXT TORY LEADER...9/4 Johnson; 4/1 Osborne; 7/1 Gove; 8/1 Javid; May; 11/1 Patel; 12/1 Crabb.

EU REF.....2/5 Remain; 15/8 Brexit