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Tory Leader Odds: Sunak Surges as Race to Become PM Heats Up

  • Rishi Sunak is the top contender for now, according to Sky Bet
  • Truss, Mordaunt, Badenoch also in the mix to become next UK PM
Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak

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Four candidates remain in the battle to succeed Boris Johnson as leader of the UK Conservative Party and Prime Minister, as betting firms adjust their odds during the leadership contest.

Tory MPs held their latest ballot on Monday in the race to elect a new premier, with former soldier Tom Tugendhat knocked out after receiving the fewest votes. The four remaining contenders must be whittled down to two before Parliament goes on its summer recess on Thursday. One more candidate will be eliminated from the run-off on Tuesday and the final vote by Conservative Members of Parliament is on Wednesday afternoon, leaving the two finalists to campaign in hustings around the country for the votes of up to 180,000 Tory party members. The results will be announced on September 5 but many members may get send off their postal ballots long before then.