School of Politics and International Relations

Jeremy Hunt Counts on a Late Surge to Beat Boris Johnson

19 July 2019

Could Jeremy Hunt be the next British prime minister? The pollsters and the bookmakers say no, but if recent years have shown anything, it’s that pollsters and bookmakers can get things wrong. Despite Hunt’s assertion that he could still win, in a final public event with party members on July 17 he came close to conceding he is likely to lose to Johnson. Hunt said he’d be “honored” to serve in his rival’s government. Tim Bale, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London, said: “It’s like a team making a four-goal second-half comeback after going 6-0 down in the first half,” he says. “They might win back a bit of self respect but they still won’t win the game.”

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