Following the announcement by Malcolm Rifkind, pictured above, that he was standing down as the MP for Kensington at the General Election there has been debate on who might succeed him.
Ladbrokes have published their odds for the next Conservative candidate which include:
10/1 – James Cracknell
10/1 – Syed Kamall
16/1 – Andrew Strauss
20/1 – Ruth Davidson
20/1 – Tim Montgomerie
33/1 – Iain Dale
33/1 – Sol Campbell
50/1 – Frank Lampard
Other names suggested include Dan Snow, Michael Portillo and Jeremy Paxman who haven’t declared themselves as not standing although another suggested candidate, Kirstie Allsopp, has said that she doesn’t intend to stand.
It is thought that a high-profile candidate is likely to stand in the constituency and sources close to Downing Street have said that David Cameron, the Prime Minister, is likely to be consulted over the choice. The final candidate will though be chosen by the members of Kensington Conservative Association.