Political commentator John Rentoul believes Andrea Leadsom will be offered 'some kind of humiliatingly junior post' after she pulled out of the race to be the next Conservative Party leader.
Leadsom announced her decision on Monday morning, leaving the way clear for Theresa May to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister, with some experts predicting she had done a deal with the current Home Secretary that would see her take up a senior role in the new cabinet.
But Rentoul, the Independent's Chief Political Commentator, has told talkRADIO he does not expect that to be the case.
"It's extremely unlikely [some kind of deal has been done]," he told The Two Mikes. "She’ll be lucky to get DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food & Rural affairs) at this rate!
"She will end up being offered some kind of humiliatingly junior post."
Leadsom was at the centre of a media storm at the weekend following her comments about May not having children, and Rentoul claims she was caught out completely by that.
"Her inexperience has shown, he added. "She didn’t expect the press to come down as hard on her for those ill-advised quotes about being a mother.
"There may also be a problem with her tax returns. She disclosed a summary of her tax position for one year only and I suspect she has got a team of accountants working around the clock to try to put her affairs in order and she realised that wasn’t going to look great and possibly that added to the pressure on her to step down.
"And she didn’t have that much support among Tory MPs and probably wasn’t expecting to do very well among the Tory Party members."
May is now expected to be confirmed as the new Conservative leader and Prime Minister later this week.
“There was always the possibility that if anybody stumbled Theresa May would be there," added Rentoul. "She’s just sat at home having a cup of tea watching all her opponents one by one either destroy themselves of destroy each other.
“Although she’s said Brexit means Brexit, she’s also said she doesn’t want to trigger Article 50 this year, so she’s already delaying it to a certain extent and I suspect she’ll want to delay it for a bit longer.
“But broadly speaking I think she recognises the political imperative, which is to deliver on what the British people have voted for.”