Might be a good bet
Just had a small bet at 18/1 on Betfair on the shadow chancellor, John. McDonnell, being Corbynâ€™s successor.
This follows speculation this afternoon started by Ken Livingston that McDonnell might be the one to take over when Corbyn goes.
What’s odd is that the former London Mayor should be talking in these terms at all barely five months after Corbyn was elected.
There have been suggestions that Corbyn has found aspects of the job, particularly what could be seen as intrusions into his family life, difficult to cope with.
It’s known that Ken is very close to Corbyn and I wonder whether there’s something behind this being raised now. Certainly the shadow chancellor is regarded as very much a tougher egg who wouldn’t shy away from some of the difficult confrontations that leadership sometimes entails.
One thing’s for sure – now the left is in control of the party they are not going to give you up power easily.
Alistair Meeks suggested betting on McDonnell here in October when he was 50/1.