Liz Truss is the big mover at Betfred to be the next Conservative leader as Boris Johnson continues to plough on with his pledge to ride out the Omicron wave.

The Prime Minister is sticking with ‘Plan B’ – and the odds suggest that if under his leadership the country bounces back he will survive until at least the end of this parliament in 2024.

The sticking point for Boris’ exit may well be in the three months from April.

He’s 5/1 to be replaced during that period – and 7/1 to go before then or between July and September this year.

After that, the odds widen dramatically until 2024, which is 6/5.

The PM has faced a nightmare December with the backbench revolt to Plan B, the bombshell by-election defeat to the Lib Dems in North Shropshire, and the row that just won’t go away over Christmas parties.

The fact Johnson hasn’t followed the more cautious approach, as adopted by Scotland and Wales, to the latest Covid variant Omicron represents a huge gamble with NHS staff lining up to promote more clamp downs – while the business sector has broadly welcomed Johnson’s bolder approach.

The uncertainty has sparked huge interest not only in when Johnson will depart but also on who will eventually succeed him as Tory leader.

Betfred report that chancellor Rishi Sunak is still favourite at 2/1 to take the reins.

But the big mover is foreign secretary Liz Truss, who is opposed to the ‘woke culture’ and has picked up the mantle from Lord Frost to deal with the Brexit fallout.

She was 5/1 to be the next Tory leader less than three months ago, but after a series of substantial bets in the greater London area she’s been cut to 3/1 second-favourite.

Next up, Betfred have ex-health minister Jeremy Hunt at 9/1 – the same price as housing minister Michael Gove.

Fifth in the betting is current health minister Sajid Javid, who remains in the running at 16/1.

Betfred spokesperson Peter Spencer said: “Politics is always big news, but with all the controversy around at the moment it is being talked about in the pub – and that means we at Betfred have opened books on all the ramifications in what could well be a fascinating start to the New Year on the political front.”

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