Jeremy Corbyn 1/3 to become next Labour Party leader after strong performance in televised debate
He started as a 100/1 chance to become the direct replacement to Ed Miliband, although Jeremy Corbyn is no bigger than 1/3 to now take charge of the Labour Party in a few weeks.
Corbyn has been impressing Labour Party members ever since he announced the decision to stand for leader, with the Islington MP winning over voters thanks to his substance-over-style approach.
While many senior figures within the Labour Party including Tony Blair have warned against the election of Corbyn and many have seen this as a protest vote, the bottom line is that he’s by far and away the most popular candidate and the bookies regard him as virtually home and hosed.
BetVictor go as short as 3/10 about Corbyn and a spokesman told bookies.com: “We’re facing a five-figure pay-out on Corbyn. He’s been all the rage in the past few weeks while Andy Burnham has drifted from evens to 11/2”.
Indeed, it appears that if anyone is to topple Corbyn, then Yvette Cooper could be the candidate to do it, with her performance in the leadership debate getting positive feedback although it might be too late to stop the market leader.
Burnham was previously favourite to win the leadership race and has issued a last-minute warning against voting in Corbyn.
“The choice is stark now,” Mr Burnham said. “I think people attracted by what Jeremy has said have held back, worried by what it would mean and whether it would work.”
Warning about a Corbyn victory, he said: “The danger is that we talk more and more to ourselves and lose touch with the public. If we do that, we will end up with two decades of the Tories.” He added: “We will not get anywhere at an election if we can’t tell the public how we will pay for the things we are promising.”