The betting reflects a bit more confidence that Johnson will survive

The betting reflects a bit more confidence that Johnson will survive

A 2022 exit now a 65% With no move yet against the PM the 2022 exit gamble on the betting markets has edged down a bit and now stands at a 65% chance. It was nearly 80%. Things could move very quickly once the Gray report comes out but we are going to have to wait. There’s no doubt that Number 10 has been working hard on trying to influence Tory MPs ahead of a possible confidence vote and one…

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Ipsos-MORI net Johnson satisfaction rating slumps to minus 46%

Ipsos-MORI net Johnson satisfaction rating slumps to minus 46%

Although there has been something of an uptick for the Tories in some voting polls the latest from Ipsos-MORI in tonight’s London Standard is very bad for Johnson. A total of 70% said they were dissatisfied with him compared with just 24% saying they were satisfied. The firm has been doing political polling in the UK since the 1970s and has records going that far back so we can make comparisons. Mrs. T at her lowest didn’t touch today’s ratings…

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So is Johnson going to survive as PM or not?

So is Johnson going to survive as PM or not?

By far the biggest current political betting market is the one above on when will Boris Johnson cease to be Prime Minister. As can seen from the chart there has been a movement away from him going early but it’s still a 68% chance, This is a very tricky want to call because ultimately this is in the hands of his fellow Tory MPs. One thing that might help in forming a judgment is this from former PB regular, Alastair…

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The PM’s branding Starmer as “a lawyer” hardly a negative

The PM’s branding Starmer as “a lawyer” hardly a negative

Johnson was previously a journalist – Starmer a lawyer At today’s PMQs Johnson sought to make Starmer’s background as a lawyer into as an attack line. He described him as “A lawyer not a leader”. I’m not sure that this has the potency that Johnson intended. Although the phrase rolls off the tongue nicely the sentiment behind it isn’t supported by the polling as the above from YouGov suggests. I think this highlights a key problem for the Tories because…

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Johnson going could lead to CON leading the polls again

Johnson going could lead to CON leading the polls again

What happened with the Thatcher exit in 1990 The above Wikipedia table is of the opinion polls for the final 6 weeks of 1990 when Mrs Thatcher was effectively pushed out by her MPs and John Major became prime minister. There is little doubt by the time of the events of autumn of that year Maggie had become an electoral liability for her party. There had been the shock loss of Eastbourne to the LDs in a by-election caused by…

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The polls don’t look good for Johnson

The polls don’t look good for Johnson

Above is the latest polling on Johnson and this is in line with other earlier surveys that we have seen. By a very clear margin voters, including 38% of Tory voters want him out. On Wednesday there are likely to be further developments and, of course, Johnson will have to face Starmer at PMQs. These are couple of betting markets from Smarkets.

Might Southend West not be a total certainty for the Tories?

Might Southend West not be a total certainty for the Tories?

The next Westminster by-election is for the vacancy created by the murder on October 15th of the sitting MP, Devid AMess. Following the precedent set after the killing of Jo Cox in 2016 Labour, the LDs and the Greens have not put up candidates so on the face of it this should be a certain CON hold. But given the collapse of the Tories in the polls in recent weeks and the party’s poor record defending by-elections could there just…

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Current revelations put the Barnard Castle trip into context

Current revelations put the Barnard Castle trip into context

We all remember at the height of the first lockdown how the Cummings road trip on April 2020 so dominated the media when this was exposed a few weeks later and led to a big drop for the Tories in both the voting intention polls and Johnson’s leader ratings. If anything could have set out clearly to all at Number10 the impact of lockdown breaches this was it. The public anger as picked as recorded in the polls at the…

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