Politics By Graham Sharpe

Betting On UKIP Breakthrough


WITH TWO potentially winnable by-elections in the offing for UKIP, William Hill are offering odds of 9/2 that the Party comes out top of the polls in both Clacton and Haywood/Middleton.

UKIP are 1/33 favourites to win in Clacton, where the Tories are 8/1, Labour 25/1 and Lib Dems 100/1. In Haywood Labour are 1/7 favourites with UKIP 4/1; Tories 100/1; Lib Dems 200/1.

Hills expect UKIP to emerge from the next General Election with one one or two seats - making that option their Even money favourite; with Five or more quoted at 5/1; None at all 7/2, and three or four 5/1.

It is 2/1 with Hills that between the Clacton by-election and the General Election two or more sitting MPs will defect to UKIP; Even money that none do so and 5/2 that just one makes the move.

Hills have slashed their odds from an original 25/1 to a current 8/1 that UKIP will be part of a coalition government as a result of the General Election - and the Party are also 8/11 to poll more votes at the General Election than the Lib Dems, who are Even money to win that two horse race.

'Any prices which we quote about UKIP are being snapped up by political punters who seem to be expecting them to have an impact on the General Election one way or another....' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.