Politics By Graham Sharpe

Political punters pile pounds on Labour minority government

WILLIAM HILL have cut their odds about Labour forming the next government despite not having an overall majority. 'We have had to cut our odds for a Labour minority government from an original 7/1 to 4/1 in the face of continued support, perhaps on the basis of them forging an agreement or understanding with the SNP' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe. 'We have taken a number of three figure bets for such an eventuality, including one of £200 from a new client based in Derbyshire.'

Alex Salmond, who is 1/8 favourite to become an MP by winning the Gordon constituency, has hinted that the SNP may be willing to help out a Labour government - and Hill are offering 13/2 that they will form a coalition government with them and 6/1 that Alex Salmond will become a government Minister following the General Election.

GENERAL ELECTION...2/5 No overall majority; 7/2 Con-LD coalition; 4/1 Labour overall majority; 4/1 Labour minority government; 9/2 Cons overall majority; 9/2 Lab-LD coalition; 6/1 Coalition involving Ukip; 13/2 Coalition involving SNP; 7/1 Cons minority govt; 40/1 Coalition involving Greens; 50/1 Ukip overall majority; 500/1 LD Overall majority.