Odds shorten on Barnsley’s Dan Jarvis as Labour leader - even though he has ruled himself out

File photo dated 10/02/11 of Dan Jarvis, the former Army officer turned MP will become the first serving politician in more than 60 years to be awarded a military honour when he receives an MBE from the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday December 14, 2011. Mr Jarvis, an ex-Parachute Regiment Major, will be recognised for services to the Armed Forces and also designing and delivering a training system that teaches troops to spot tell tale signs of improvised explosive devices. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
File photo dated 10/02/11 of Dan Jarvis, the former Army officer turned MP will become the first serving politician in more than 60 years to be awarded a military honour when he receives an MBE from the Prince of Wales. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday December 14, 2011. Mr Jarvis, an ex-Parachute Regiment Major, will be recognised for services to the Armed Forces and also designing and delivering a training system that teaches troops to spot tell tale signs of improvised explosive devices. See PA story ROYAL Investiture. Photo credit should read: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire
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Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis has been given odds of 20/1 to be the next Labour leader at a bookmakers’ - despite ruling himself out of the race.

Betway said the odds had changed on Mr Jarvis, going from 100/1, after early favourite Chuka Umanna withdrew from the contest.

The shadow business secretary said he could not cope with the pressure of the scrutiny and he was not ‘comfortable’ with the ‘attention’ on his private life.

Former soldier Mr Jarvis ruled himself out when he said that he wanted to put his children before his political career.

He said he wanted to be part of Labour’s ‘rebuilding’ process after the election result but would not be putting his name forward.

Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham are thought to be the new favourites.