Last summer, Jacob Rees-Mogg became the favourite to replace Theresa May as Tory leader and prime minister. In one of British politics’ most bizarre tantrums of the modern era, Rees-Mogg remains the favourite with many betting companies.
However, he is also the second favourite to replace John Bercow as Speaker of the House of Commons. PaddyPower offers odds of 13/5 for Rees-Mogg to become Britain’s next Speaker of the House of Commons (as of 23rd February).
The Speaker’s purpose is to play a neutral role and lead proceedings, much like a referee in a Football match.
The favourite to replace Bercow is Labour MP Lindsay Hoyle, who currently serves as Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons. Paddy Power offers evens for a Hoyle Speaker-ship.
John Bercow, a former Tory MP, has been Speaker of the House since 2009. Currently, there is no talk of Bercow stepping down from the role. Furthermore, Sky News has reported that Bercow intends to remain Speaker until the end of this parliament in 2022.
Nonetheless, the fact that the out-of-touch Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg is the second favourite to become Speaker shows the reality of his progress in politics. He is now a household name and it is often speculated that he could at some point be elevated to the cabinet or even actually go as far as becoming Prime Minister.
However, while his odds of becoming Speaker of the House are good, it is difficult to image the strong-viewed Rees-Mogg setting aside his values to sit as a moderator.
The odds are likely resultant of Jacob Rees-Mogg's surprise rise all round.