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In contest to succeed Theresa May, stars are aligning for Boris Johnson

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Boris Johnson’s charisma, flair for publicity and record of winning two elections as mayor of London make him the runaway favourite in a crowded field to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May, according to bookmakers. “He is the ‘In case of emergency, break the glass’ candidate,” said Tim Bale, a Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London. “The fire has begun and the Conservative Party is genuinely worried. That makes them more inclined to pick someone with the X factor. It’s fair to say that it’s his to lose,” Mr. Bale said of the leadership contest, before noting: “But, of course, he is perfectly capable of losing it.”

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Professor Bale also spoke about May’s resignation and her possible replacements in: BBC, Metro, The Guardian, AFP, AFP (separate article), Financial Times