The odds on Andy Burnham becoming the next Prime Minister after Boris Johnson have been more than halved at Betfred over the last week.
Burnham, dubbed ‘King of the North’ by sections of the media after his opposition to government Covid policy, was previously as big as 66/1 to pick up the keys for Number 10.
But now, with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer facing heavy criticism both inside and outside the party after the Hartlepool by-election defeat and subsequent fallout, he’s 25/1 to succeed Johnson.
Burnham has also been heavily-backed at Betfred to be the next Labour leader.
The 51-year-old, who convincingly won a second term as Mayor of Greater Manchester at the weekend, is favourite at 3/1 (from 8/1) to replace Starmer at the head of the party.
Burnham – who would need to become an MP again to make a leadership bid – became embroiled in the row over Sir Keir’s shake-up of the party when he said he ‘could not support’ the decision to remove Ashton-under-Lyne MP and deputy leader Angela Rayner from her role as campaign co-ordinator.
High-profile health secretary Matt Hancock is available at 33/1.