Politics By Graham Sharpe

Ukip Backed To Win 50 General Election Seats

UKIP TO WIN ROCHESTER EN ROUTE TO 50+ SEATS AT GENERAL ELECTION?

UKIP are red hot favourites at 1/20 with William Hill to double their total of MPs by winning the Rochester by election. Hills make the Tories 8/1 with Labour 50/1.

UKIP HAVE been backed to win 50 or more seats at the forthcoming General Election, forcing William Hill to halve their odds to do so from 16/1 to 8/1. They are 20/1 to win 100 or more; 8/15 to get 5 or more; 3/1 1 or 2; 8/1 3 or 4; 8/1 none at all.

**THE ODDS about Ed Miliband standing down as Labour leader BEFORE the General Election have been shortened by William Hill from 6/1 to 9/2. Meanwhile, Labour are 2/11 outsiders to beat the 4/11 favourites, SNP in the next Scottish Election.

One William Hill client has staked £50 at odds of 150/1 that not only Ed Miliband, but also David Cameron and Nick Clegg will cease to lead their Parties by the day of the General Election.

**WILLIAM HILL have cut the odds for No Overall Majority at the General Election to their shortest price ever of 4/7, as the outcome of next year's poll appears ever less predictable.A William Hill customer from Devon has already placed over 20 bets totalling £23,400 that the outcome of the next General Election will be 'No overall majority'. He stands to collect £51,000 from his wagers if his hunch proves correct.

'We have never quoted a shorter price than 4/7 in any General Election for there to be no overall majority' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe, 'But political punters are betting on it as though it is a certainty.'

**GENERAL ELECTION ODDS....4/7 No overall majority; 11/4 Labour majority; 3/1 Con-LD coalition; 4/1 Conservative majority; 4/1 Lab-LD coalition; 6/1 Coalition involving UKIP; 7/1 Conservative minority govt; 7/1 Labour minority govt; 50/1 UKIP majority; 500/1 Lib Dem majority.

**PARTY TO WIN MOST SEATS: 4/5 Labour; 11/10 Cons; 25/1 UKIP; 250/1 LibDems.

WILLIAM HILL:

ED MILIBAND NO LONGER LABOUR LEADER AT GENERAL ELECTION - 9/2 Gone; 1/8 Still there.

NEXT ELECTED LABOUR LEADER: 11/4 Y Cooper; 4/1 A Burnham; C Umunna; 10/1 T Hunt; 16/1 A Johnson; J Murphy; R Reeves; 18/1 D Alexander; E Balls.

Labour to win General Election with overall majority- 5/2; Next govt to be Lab-Lib coalition - 4/1; Labour minority govt after Gen Election - 7/1.

Largest Party at General Election: 4/5 Labour; 11/10 Cons; 25/1 Ukip; 250/1 LDs

To be next PM: 4/5 Ed Miliband; 8/1 Boris; 14/1 Cooper;May; Osborne; 16 Hammond; 20 Umunna