Big bet highlights Sajid Javid is a serious contender for Tory hotseat

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He’s a man that in the past Forbes have questioned whether he could be the next Prime Minister of the UK, but in the more immediate future, Sajid Javid’s chances of becoming the next leader of the Conservative party look to be on the up.

Subject to a £1,000 wager when priced up at 12/1 to succeed David Cameron, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has since been cut to a 10/1 shot.

The MP for Bromsgrove now has just Boris Johnson, George Osborne and Theresa May ahead of him in the betting and could be a real dark horse to take the reins at the head of the Tory party.

Javid’s rise through politics led Forbes.com to draw similarities to the emergence of Barack Obama en route settling down in the West Wing.

“Not unlike the first term senator from Illinois who was virtually unknown until he ran for the White House, Sajid Javid has seemingly come from nowhere and is now virtually everywhere,” observed the influential publication

“In 2010, Sajid won his first political campaign and became a Conservative Party Member of Parliament. At first, few noticed the freshman in the 650-member House of Commons representing the semi-rural, central England seat of Bromsgrove.

“Since then, however, his rise in government has been nothing less than meteoric,” the US magazine stated back in July last year.

A son of a Pakistani immigrant himself, Javid could hold the beliefs on immigration and the EU necessary to secure the backing of enough of the party to be eligible for a membership vote.

He has already stated how currently the UK has “virtually no control over EU immigration” and how it is “something we’d like to change”.

And while the 45-year-old may not have been as such a prominent figure in the press for the Conservatives, the fact that he holds subtle differences to his competitors could stand him in good stead according to the Ladbrokes trading floor.

“If Cameron steps down this year, the Tories are likely to be looking for someone to be Leader of the Opposition for the next five years,” states politics trader Matthew Shaddick.

“Many people would say that Boris Johnson might not be the right person for that particular task.

“Javid’s more humble background might also be a lot more appealing compared to electing another product of Eton and Oxford.”

He will need support for the likes of Johnson and Osborne to flake within the party, but it is clear to see that Sajid Javid’s political career is one destined for bigger things.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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