Boris Johnson is “sounding out” Conservative colleagues as he tries to gauge whether he has the support to lead the party, according to reports, British paper The Express says.
One Tory MP has reportedly claimed that the Foreign Secretary, who was one of the leading figures of the Leave campaign, is “already on manoeuvres” trying to win support for a leadership bid.
Jim Waterson, Buzzfeed’s UK political editor, tweeted: “Boris Johnson is ‘already on manoeuvres’ claims Tory MP, who says the foreign secretary is “sounding out” a few colleagues about leadership.”
The odds on the 52-year-old becoming the next Prime Minister were slashed from 66-1 to 5-1 after the exit poll was revealed.
A Sun Bets spokesperson said: “If the exit poll does prove correct then Theresa May would struggle to hold on to the keys to No 10 but the Conservatives need a leader if they are going to try to run a minority or coalition government.
“Boris is one of the key figures in the party and his odds have come down from 33-1 to be the Prime Minister after the election to 8-1.
“He has always been favourite to take over from May to be the next Conservative Leader at odds of 3-1 ahead of Phillip Hammond and Amber Rudd.
“We are currently predicting a small Conservative overall majority so Boris may have to wait to move into his old mate Dave’s old house a little while longer.”
The former Mayor of London has been very critical of rival party leaders throughout the campaign, branding Jeremy Corbyn a “mugwump” while describing Lib Dem leader Tim Farron and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as “parrots”.