Politics By Graham Sharpe

Political Punters Back Ken Clarke 'Tip'

AS former Chancellor Ken Clarke suggested that some of his 'Eurosceptic' colleagues should be in UKIP, bookmakers William Hill were offering odds of just 6/4 that two or more current MPs will defect to UKIP between now and the General Election. 'Mr Clarke's observations chime with political punters' support for further defections to UKIP before the General Election takes place' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Hills are also offering Even money that no more defections will take place by then and 7/2 that just one sitting MP will move across to UKIP pre-Election.

UKIP are set to welcome their second MP, as a result of the Rochester-Strood by-election, suggests William Hill's betting on the outcome, with UKIP strong 1/3 favourites ahead of the 9/4 Conservatives and 33/1 Labour. The Lib Dems are 200/1 to win, but 1/10 to lose their deposit and 11/2 to retain it.

William Hill make UKIP odds-on at 8/13 to have FIVE or more MPs following the General Election, while they make the Greens 5/6 to end up with None; 7/5 to remain on One and 5/1 to have TWO or more.