Politics By Graham Sharpe

Jim A Tonic For Scottish Labour?

POLITICAL punters believe Jim Murphy is the man to become the next permanent leader of the Scottish Labour Party, say bookmakers William Hill who originally offered the East Renfrewshire at 7/1 to succeed Johann Lamont, but were forced to slash those odds, cutting him eventually to 1/2 favourite, taking over from Anas Sarwar, who had been the original market leader.

'We certainly under-estimated the likely support for Mr Murphy who rapidly took over as hot favourite' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

WILLIAM HILL.....NEXT PERMANENT SCOTTISH LABOUR LEADER: 1/ 2 Jim Murphy; 4/1 Anas Sarwar; 7/1 Gordon Brown; Kezia Dugdale; 10/1 Jackie Baillie; 16/1 Douglas Alexander; Neil Findlay; 20/1 Jenny Mara; Drew Smith; 33/1 Margaret Currie; Alistair Darling;

**William Hill make Labour 2/1 to win the 2016 Scottish Elections with the SNP 4/11 favourites.