Tory leadership LIVE: ‘Falling apart’ Mordaunt plummets in polls ahead of tonight’s key vote | Politics | New
As the Tory leadership race heats up, the “Mordaunt mania” has come to an end, according to a political betting expert.
Matthew Engel, political betting expert and commentator for the race stationsaid: “Election bettors rushed to support returning kid Rishi Sunak on Monday morning after the ITV debate on Sunday night.
“Awaiting the next poll this afternoon, most bookmakers had reduced their odds from 6/4 to 5/4 for Sunak to be the next prime minister – last week he was drifting towards 4/1.
“It’s not so much a reflection of his popularity as the weakness of his opponents.
“People are used to Sunak. Before the debates, the others had the advantage of freshness but that’s over now. I suspect he will go against it as the field narrows.
It was only last week that Penny Mordaunt was the overwhelming favorite.
He continued, “Mordaunt Mania was a bizarre phenomenon. It was based on the fact that no one knew anything to his detriment. Once people saw her arguing, they calmed down.
“Before that, they had gone crazy for Ben Wallace, not even knowing if he wanted the job. It was like the bitcoin market.
Conservative leadership odds:
Rishi Sunak 11/10
Penny Biting 13/5
Liz Truss 3/1
Tom Tugenhadt 100/1