Politics By Graham Sharpe

Under Pressure Miliband Odds-On to be next Prime Minister

DESPITE a disappointing showing in a poll discussing the Labour, Conservative and Lib Dem leaders, Ed Miliband is an 8/13 chance with William Hill to be the next Prime Minister after David Cameron - and he is 1/12 to lead Labour into the General Election, 6/1 to step down before then.

Meanwhile, contenders to succeed Miliband when he does go, will be watching with interest, and Yvette Cooper is 5/2 favourite with Hills to succeed Ed when he departs, with Chuka Umunna 6/1 second favourite, ahead of 8/1 Andy Burnham; 10/1 Tristram Hunt; 12/1 Jim Murphy; 14/1 Douglas Alexander.

William Hill are betting on how many of the three current Party leaders - Miliband, Cameron and Clegg - will lead their Parties into the General Election, and offer 1/2 that all three do so; 7/4 that any two of the three will do so; 14/1 just one of them, and 33/1 that all three go before then.

'Realistically it is almost certainly too late for any of the Parties to dump their Leader this close to a General Election as it would smack of desperation, so we are confident we are right to be odds-on for them all to stay in place' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.'But at least two of them are not likely to survive long after the Election.'


GENERAL ELECTION OUTCOME...11/10 No overall majority; 2/1 Lab majority; 5/2 Tory majority; 7/2 Lab-Lib coalition; 5/1 Con-Lib Dem coalition; 14 Coalition involving UKIP; 66/1 UKIP majority; 500/1 Lib Dem majority.