Politics By Graham Sharpe

Three By Elections - 3 Different Winners?

WITH THREE by-elections taking place shortly, the betting suggests three different Parties will win one each, say bookmakers William Hill.

UKIP are red hot favourites at 1/50 to win in Clacton, with the Tories 12/1; Labour 50/1; Lib Dems 100/1.

LABOUR seem set to win in Heywood-Middleton, where they are 1/9 favourites although UKIP have been backed from 7/1 to 5/1, with the Tories 150/1 and Lib Dems 250/1.

THE CONSERVATIVES have taken over from UKIP as 10/11 favourites in Rochester-Strood, with UKIP now 6/5; Labour attracting support, after being backed from 8/1 to 7/1 with Lib Dems 250/1.

'The Lib Dems are about to get thrashed in each of the three constituencies, according to the betting market' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe, 'But each of the other Parties could claim a seat, with UKIP past the post in Clacton, Labour making the running in Heywood, and the Tories getting the better of a photo finish in Rochester.'