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Nic Ladds 10th Aug 2011 - 11:48

Boris planning a Tory leadership bid?

William Hill have shortened Boris Johnson's odds of becoming the next leader of the Conservative Party from 4/1 to 7/2 favourite.

'Boris seems to be suggesting an increase in police numbers and an aggressive approach to dealing with the current situation, which could be perceived as positioning himself as more in touch with the public mood than David Cameron. We've seen support for him to become the next Tory leader and have cut his odds accordingly' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Boris has also been cut from 4/9 to 2/5 to win the next London Mayoral Election for which Ken Livingstone has been lengthened from 13/8 to 7/4 with the eventual Lib Dem candidate a 66/1 shot.

'The consensus of opinion appears to be that Ken Livingstone has not been impressing in recent interviews about the London riots' added Sharpe.

Meanwhile, Hills make the Conservatives 11/8 favourites to win the next General Election with an overall majority, with Labour 15/8 to do likewise; 100/1 the Lib Dems, and offer 2/1 that there will be another Hung Parliament situation.

'The current crisis could well significantly influence people's voting choice at the next General Election' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

NEXT TORY LEADER: 7/2 Boris Johnson; 6/1 William Hague; 7/1 George Osborne; 9/1 Rory Stewart; 10/1 Michael Gove; 14/1 Liam Fox; Others on request.

TO WIN NEXT MAYORAL ELECTION: 2/5 Boris Johnson; 7/4 Ken Livinsgtone; 66/1 Lib Dem candidate. Others on request.

11/8 Conservative overall majority; 15/8 Labour overall maj; 2/1 Hung Parliament; 100/1 Lib Dem overall maj.


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