Grylls a dark horse to lead Fed­eral Nats

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Pil­bara MLA Bren­don Grylls’ “star power” has him sit­ting as an out­side chance to be­come the next leader of the Fed­eral Na­tion­als party if you fancy a flut­ter.

Sports­bet’s nov­elty mar­kets have Mr Grylls at $12 to take the reins de­spite not yet an­nounc­ing any in­ten­tions to have a tilt at a Fed­eral seat.

Sports­bet spokesman Ben Bul­mer said it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore cur­rent Na­tional’s leader War­ren Truss re­signed, with pun­ters hav­ing him at $2 to re­tire be­fore Par­lia­ment re­sumes.

“Barn­aby Joyce is the pun­ters pick to be the next Fed­eral Na­tional Party leader, but don’t count out WA Na­tional Bren­don Grylls who would be a fron­trun­ner if he de­cides to make the move to Canberra,” he said.

“Grylls’ star power is ev­i­denced by the fact he is sit­ting on the fifth line of bet­ting at $12 and this is all be­fore he’s se­cured a seat in the Fed­eral Par­lia­ment, let alone an­nounced his in­ten­tion to run.”

Barn­aby Joyce is the favourite to fill Mr Truss’ shoes at $1.10, fol­lowed by Michael McCor­mack at $7.50 and Dar­ren Ch­ester at $9.

Mr Truss is sit­ting at $1.05 as the next leader to step down, ahead of Op­po­si­tion leader Bill Shorten at $8.50.

Mr Grylls said an an­nounce­ment about his fu­ture would be made in the com­ing weeks.

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