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Bookies declare Michael Gove ‘unbackable’ for Tory leadership after drugs revelation

Michael Gove (credit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images)

Michael Gove’s chances of becoming the next leader of the Conservative Party have been all-but ended by his drugs revelations, according to bookmaker Betway.


Formerly a well-fancied second favourite at 4/1 in the Tory leadership race, Gove’s odds are now at an all-time high of 20/1 with Betway.

The 51-year-old’s recent confession to indulging in cocaine when working as a journalist looks to have blown his chances of being the next Conservative Party Leader, and Jeremy Hunt is the bookmakers’ biggest mover as a result, coming in from 7/1 to 7/2 over the weekend.

Market leader Boris Johnson, despite having main rival Gove seemingly dislodged from the competition, has weakened in the last 48 hours to 4/7 from 4/11, while Andrea Leadsom is on the move and is now 15/2 from 9/1.

“Michael Gove was simply unbackable as the 4/1 second favourite following his recent admittance to taking cocaine,” Betway’s Alan Alger told Bettingpro.com.

“We pushed him out to 6/1, then 11/1 and he’s now as big as 20/1 to be the next Tory Leader.

“When you consider that Gove, seemingly the biggest challenger to Boris Johnson, has drifted so markedly in the betting, you’d expect everyone to switch to backing Johnson.

However, it seems as though punters want to get Boris beat and we’re taking a lot of bets on the likes of Jeremy Hunt and Andrea Leadsom.”

Latest Betway Odds


Next Conservative Party Leader:

4/7 Boris Johnson
7/2 Jeremy Hunt
15/2 Andrea Leadsom
20/1 Sajid Javid
20/1 Michael Gove
20/1 Rory Stewart
22/1 Dominic Raab


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Bookies declare Michael Gove ‘unbackable’ for Tory leadership after drugs revelation

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