Politics By Graham Sharpe

Left Winger Right Man Up Front For Scot Lab?

WITH  a number of potential candidates appearing to distance themselves from the race to become the next permanent leader of Scottish Labour, their health spokesman at Holyrood, 45 year old left-winger Neil Findlay has been backed from 16/1 to 2/1 second favourite with William Hill, emerging as the main challenger to current odds-on favourite Jim Murphy.

'We were beginning to think we may have a one horse race on our hands until we began to see some support for Mr Findlay' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe. 'It had begun to look as though Jim Murphy may have an unopposed run at the role. A number of potential contenders have reportedly ruled themselves out, but this is a phenomenon we often see when football clubs change managers - candidates who are genuinely interested often try to play down their interest, only to join the race in the latter stages'

Hills have lengthened Mr Murphy's odds from 1/2 to 4/7, and then offer 2/1 Neil Findlay; 6/1 Anas Sarwar; 7/1 Gordon Brown; 8/1 Kezia Dugdale; 12/1 Jackie Baillie; 20/1 Douglas Alexander.