Keir Starmer For PM Odds Swing As Boris 2020 Exit Narrows

Keir Starmer For PM Odds Swing As Boris 2020 Exit Narrows
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Labour leader Starmer has been winning support for his handling of issues related to the global pandemic

Sir Keir Starmer has seen his chances of becoming the next prime minister skyrocket as the Labour leader heads the scrutiny of the UK government's handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Starmer only took over the Labour leadership from Jeremy Corbyn in April but has already made his political presence felt at the dispatch box.

His forensic approach to detail in scrutinising the government’s coronavirus response has already impressed those from the opposite side of the political divide.

The 57-year-old has maintained a supportive approach to relationships with Boris Johnson’s government but insists he is also there to hold those in charge to account.

Starmer Odds Swing

And after Starmer was afforded five minutes of air time on the BBC before Johnson’s address to the nation on Monday night, the Labour leader’s odds on becoming the next PM have spiked.

In their politics betting markets, Boylesports have noticed a jump from 4/1 to now 13/8 on Starmer taking up the role next.

That puts him way ahead of the likes of Rishi Sunak (5/1 with Ladbrokes), Dominic Raab (16/1) and Michael Gove (20/1), all of whom have taken lead roles in the government’s response to the crisis.

Can Starmer Keep Up The Pressure?

Whether or not Starmer can maintain his rising popularity over the course of the current term remains to be seen.

He has shied away from urging Brexit negotiations to be extended past the end of 2020, in a stance seen as appeasing Brexiteers as well as members of the population who just want the issue over and done with.

What’s more, he faces questions within his own party about the anti-Semitism issues that Corbyn failed to adequately address.

Will Boris Leave In 2020?

At what moment Starmer could get a chance to become PM also remains to be seen.

Prime minster Johnson is currently battling a public relations crisis over his government’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, with polling from Yougov suggesting over half of voters disagree with the latest ‘Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives’ messaging.

And while Johnson himself has a reasonably high approval rating, there are rumblings of discontent among his own Tory backbenchers about the direction the UK is going.

With a recession almost inevitable in the post-Covid years, Johnson faces a monumental task to keep his party together and keep the opposition at bay too.

It is therefore no wonder Boylesports have slashed Johnson’s odds on leaving his role – either by choice or through pressure from all sides – in 2020 from 20/1 to 6/1.

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act means there isn’t another election scheduled until 2024. Therefore, the only chance Starmer has of beating the Tories at the polls before that date is if Johnson fails to keep his own party together.

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