Truss new favourite at Betfred for top job

Liz Truss

Betfred have yet another favourite to become the next Conservative leader and therefore Prime Minister.

For the first time in the Tory leadership contest, right-winger Liz Truss has emerged as the odds-on favourite to take over from Boris Johnson.

The Foreign Secretary is 10/11 at Betfred ahead of the crucial MPs vote on Wednesday, when the original group of nine will be whittled down to just two candidates that will go before the party’s membership at the weekend.

Truss, who in the latest poll of Conservative members is predicted to beat both her potential rivals at the final stage providing she makes the cut, picked up an extra 15 votes in the latest ballot, while Sunak only gained three – and Penny Mordaunt had a revival in her fortunes gaining 10 more.

Meanwhile, Kemi Badenoch was the latest to be eliminated from the race.

Today, ahead of the fifth and final round of MPs voting, Betfred make Truss favourite at 10/11, ahead of Sunak at 11/8 – while Mordaunt is the clear outsider at 13/2.

There’s even a suggestion that there could be a tie between the two female candidates left in the race – and that’s left chairman of the 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady, who has been organising the succession of ballots, having to draw up contingency plans.

Ukraine’s foreign minister has joined the debate, praising Truss’ “inner steel”, while the Labour Party have been relishing the blue-on-blue attacks by releasing a video sledging the Tory leadership candidates in the first two TV debates.

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