Politics By Graham Sharpe

Murphy's law for Scot Labour?

AFTER 1/5 favourite Jim Murphy became the leader of the Scottish Labour Party, William Hill are offering odds of 2/1 that Scottish Labour will outdo the SNP in terms of seats at the General Election - although Nicola Sturgeon's Party is 4/11 favourite to see off the Scot Lab challenge.

Hills have opened a market on how many seats Scottish Labour will win at the General Election, and offer 11/4 21-25; 11/4 26-30; 10/3 31-35; 5/1 16-20; 5/1 36-40; 7/1 46 or more; 8/1 41-45; 20/1 11-15; 66/1 6-10; 125/1 0-5.

William Hill are also betting on whether from 2017 Scottish MPs will or will not be able to vote on English-only matters at Westminster - and offer 10/11 that they will - but also 10/11 that they will not.

**ALEX SALMOND is 6/1 with William Hill to become a Government Cabinet Minister following the next General Election - while the same bookmaker is quoting odds of Even money that Mr Salmond will be offered, and refuse, a Peerage.

**SNP seats at General Election? 5/6 26 or more; 3/1 16-20; 7/2 21-25.


FOLLOWING his appearance on BBC TV's Question Time, Russell Brand is quoted at 16/1 by William Hill ever to become an MP, and a 50/1 shot to become the next Mayor of London.

'During Question Time, Russell Brand was challenged to put his views to the vote - but we don't think he is likely to do so' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Meanwhile, Hills make Brand's Question Time opponent, Nigel Farage, 4/7 to become an MP by winning the South Thanet seat at the General Election.