Harman And Clarke Unity PM Odds Shift After Swinson MP Claim
Harriet Harman and Ken Clarke have been touted as possible stand-in prime ministers as MPs in the British government work on bringing down Boris Johnson.
The UK is in crisis mode, with Mr Johnson threatening a No Deal Brexit on October 31 and opposition parties – plus a handful of Conservatives – plotting to overthrow the prime minister.
There are growing calls for a cross-party effort to oust Mr Johnson and form a majority in the House of Commons under a temporary ‘Unity PM’ who would then block No Deal and call a general election.
But who that Unity PM would be remains to be seen, with a number of candidates being touted over the past fortnight.
Harman and Clarke Odds Movement
And now Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson has put two more names forward that have already produced shifts in the betting markets.
Conservative veteran Ken Clarke is one of the most left-leaning MPs to the right of the House and is now just 20/1 with Coral to be the next Prime Minister, having been out at 25/1 when their market opened.
Labour’s Harriet Harman, meanwhile, is 33/1 with Ladbrokes, with her price also falling significantly.
The shift in the politics betting odds indicates there is appetite for either ‘candidate’ to be put forward as the leader of a Unity push on the government.
Sticking Points For Both Names
Yet while Ms Swinson said she and the Lib Dems would support Clarke or Harman taking over as interim PM, there are issues both prospective candidates would face to get the approval of the rest of the house.
In Clarke’s case, the veteran Tory is a vocal Remainer and has often criticised and voted against those who have pushed through the Brexit agenda.
Were he to push to be prime minister, he could struggle to get enough support from his own party members, as well as convincing a hostile Labour Party that he is the right man to sit in as PM.
As for Harman, the former leader of the opposition may well get cross-party support for her to stand in as interim PM. But her issue could be from within her own party. Despite being a Labour MP for over 35 years, Ms Harman is seen as a ‘Blairite’ among left-leaning members of the party.
Coupled with the fact Jeremy Corbyn is determined to lead Labour’s push to overthrow the Johnson government, issues over ideology and pride may stop Ms Harman from being selected.
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