A MYSTERY punter has bet a record £57,000 on Boris Johnson to be the next prime minister.
A London-based punter put £28,000 on the Brexiteer beast last Friday – the biggest for Betfair on the next PM since Theresa May took office.
That’s on top of several other bets the customer has placed on the front-runner, who is still the bookies’ favourite as he launches his campaign officially today.
In total they have put £57,000 on him to get into No10.
Betfair also revealed they have had a whopping £3.5million placed on who will be the next PM.
And more than half of that cash has been put on Mr Johnson, the ex-foreign secretary.
Betfair Spokesperson Katie Baylis said: “Boris is and has been for some time, the clear favourite and he’s now at odds of 8/11 on Betfair Exchange to win the Tory leadership battle.
“More than £1.6m has been traded on him, which is almost half of the money on the market and one punter is so confident that the former Mayor of London will win the race, they had a bet of £28k on him on Friday night at odds of 1/2.
“This is the biggest bet we’ve seen on anyone since the market went up three years ago after Theresa May took over the leadership and isn’t the only one this London customer has had on Boris to win.
“This punter has around £57k in total in various bets on Boris to win and if he does will make around £33k profit.”
Boris’ odds flew through the roof after he quit Mrs May’s Cabinet last August over her fledgling Brexit deal.
And he’s stayed the favourite for most betting firms ever since.
Tory MPs will vote for the first time on who should be in the final two tomorrow.
A fresh poll today suggested Boris would lead the Tories to a Thatcher-style landslide and wipe out the Brexit party.
A ComRes poll for the Daily Telegraph found that Boris is the candidate who would boost the Tories at the polls the most.
If Mr Johnson became PM, 37 per cent of voters said they would vote Tory with Labour on 22 per cent, Lib Dems 20 per cent and Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party getting 14 per cent.
According to Electoral Calculus, that would give the Conservatives 395 seats – far ahead of Jeremy Corbyn’s party on 151.
But some other pollsters warned against drawing firm conclusions based on the hypothetical results of a single survey.
The frontrunner in the race for No10 will today formally launch his campaign – warning: “Kick the can and we kick the bucket.”
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He is expected to say: “The last time I faced an emanation of that Marxist cabal I defeated him when the Conservatives were 17 points behind in London. And we can do it again.”
And pledging to take us out of the EU on October 31 with or without a deal, Mr Johnson will blast: “We simply will not get a result if we give the slightest hint that we want to go on kicking the can down the road with yet more delay.
“Delay means defeat. Delay means Corbyn. Kick the can and we kick the bucket.”
He is also expected to lay out more of his policy agenda – and could reveal whether or not he’ll press ahead with a controversial plan to cut taxes for higher earners.
Timetable of Tory leadership election which will pick new PM
June 7: Theresa May stood down as party leader but will continue as PM until her successor is elected
June 10: Nominations for the leadership closed with ten candidates entering the race
June 13: First ballot of MPs, open 10am-12pm; any candidate with fewer than 13 votes eliminated
June 18: Second ballot (if needed), open 3pm-5pm; any candidate with fewer than 33 votes eliminated
June 19: Third ballot (if needed), open 3pm-5pm; candidate with fewest votes eliminated
June 20: Fourth ballot (if needed), open 10am-12pm; candidate with fewest votes eliminated – any further ballots needed will also take place on this day
June 22: Second stage begins where votes shift from MPs to party activists who will choose between final two candidates
July 22: Result announced this week, in time for Commons recess to begin