John Bercow is approaching the end of his ninth year as Speaker for the House of Commons, and after initially pledging that would be the length of time for which he’d serve, the race to name his successor is on.
It’s possible conservative Bercow could extend his reign as Speaker beyond his nine-year reign, but a selection of potential replacements have arisen in contention for the role.
A labour representative appears the most likely option as things stand, and member of parliament for Chorley, Lindsay Hoyle, is the favourite to take over from Bercow at present. He’s been tipped at evens (2.00) with Paddy Power, having served as Deputy Speaker for the House of Commons since 2010.
But several other fancied options exist, and conservative MP for North East Somerset, Jacob Rees-Mogg, stands as the most likely competition for the role, currently listed at 13/5 (3.60) to get the job.
Further down the odds, former UKIP MP Douglas Carswell, now an independent, is a long underdog at 20/1 (21.00), having previously been looked upon as one of the favourites for the Speaker position.
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Next House of Commons Speaker Odds
Lindsay Hoyle: Evens (2.00)
Jacob Rees-Mogg: 13/5 (3.60)
Chris Bryant: 11/2 (6.50)
Eleanor Laing: 10/1 (11.00)
Charles Walker: 10/1 (11.00)
Frank Field: 14/1 (15.00)
Douglas Carswell: 20/1 (21.00)
Angela Eagle: 20/1 (21.00)