BORIS Johnson is in the race to replace Prime Minister Theresa May as the next Tory leader and Prime Minister.
But what are the odds of the former Foreign Secretary and Mayor of London taking the prime position anyway? Here’s the latest.
4 Boris Johnson, left, is the current front runner to be the next Prime MinisterCredit: Twitter
Will Boris Johnson be the next Prime Minister?
Boris Johnson admitted on May 16, 2019 he would “of course” stand in the Conservative leadership contest to replace Theresa May.
Speaking at a business event in Manchester, Mr Johnson said: “Of course I’m going to go for it,” when asked if he would stand.
His leadership ambitions suffered a blow when he was summoned to court over claims he lied in the EU referendum campaign.
But nevertheless the arch-Eurosceptic ex-London mayor is still the bookies’ favourite to win the leadership race.
They currently have Boris at 9/4 to be the next permanent PM, according to Paddy Power.
He’s closely followed by Michael Gove (at 7/2), Dominic Raab (5/1), Jeremy Hunt (18/1) and Sajid Javid (22/1).
Outside of the Conservatives, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is at 25/1 and Nigel Farage is on 66/1.
4 Boris Johnson was previously refusing to say he won’t run to be PM if May gets the boot
The Former Foreign Secretary is still a hugely popular figure among Tory grassroots and the general public.
He drew a huge crowd to hear him bash Theresa May’s Brexit plans in a barnstorming speech at the Tory conference in Birmingham.
But many MPs appear to have turned against him, meaning he might struggle to get on the ballot.
His aborted leadership bid in 2016 was scuppered by his friend Michael Gove, severely damaging his electoral “brand”.
And his hopes could be dashed by reports of a close friendship with a blonde Tory aide and his divorce from wife Marina.
4 Boris told Andrew Marr that he would fight for Brexit
Why did Boris Johnson resign as Foreign Secretary?
Boris quit as Foreign Secretary on July 9 in a killer blow to May’s government.
He walked out just hours after she lost Brexit Secretary David Davis over her Chequers plan to keep close ties to Brussels through a soft Brexit.
The pair, both passionate Brexit supporters, walked out in the wake of the PM’s Chequers agreement.
Since leaving Cabinet, the former journalist has regularly spoken out against the PM’s Brexit plans and is widely speculated to be considering challenging her for the Tory leadership.
4 Boris Johnson is the favourite to win if a leadership challenge comesCredit: London News Pictures
What did Boris say about Theresa May’s Brexit plan?
BoJo claimed the PM’s Brexit plan would wrap Britain in a “suicide vest” and give the detonator to Brussels.
But Tory rising star and former Army officer Tom Tugendhat, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, demanded Boris “grow up”.
He said: “A suicide bomber murdered many in the courtyard of my office in Helmand. The carnage was disgusting — limbs and flesh hanging from trees and bushes.
“Comparing the PM to that isn’t funny.”
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His comments have sparked a huge row within the Tory party as his allies fear he has undermined his own leadership plans with his outspoken views.
The former Foreign Secretary quit the Cabinet in protest at the PM’s Brexit proposals which she hammered out at Chequers.
But he has fallen short of calling for her to resign, despite his position as the favourite to take over.