Politics By Graham Sharpe

You Bet 'Yes' Referendum could cost Cameron his job and delay General Election

THE SCOTTISH REFERENDUM could cost David Cameron his job as Tory leader, and also delay the General Election, believe bookmakers William Hill, who are now offering odds of 6/1 that Cameron  will no longer be Tory leader when the Election takes place - and 6/1 that it will not take place at all until at least 2016.

'The full implications of a YES result for both David Cameron and the General Election have yet to reveal themselves, but we believe there is a realistic chance that it could well result in David Cameron's departure from the Conservative leadership, and a delay in the timing of the General Election' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Meanwhile, despite a boost for the YES campaign via recent opinion polls, William Hill still make a NO vote their odds-on favourite at 2/5, with YES offered at 7/4.

'NO will cost us a seven figure payout, while YES would be a six figure winner for us' added Sharpe. One William Hill customer has £800,000 riding on a No vote, another has £200,000 on the same outcome, while the largest bet yet for Yes is £10,000 from an Irish client.

'This is by far the largest political betting event in bookmaking history - we couldn't have envisaged turning over in excess 

of £2million when we opened the initial market on the outcome.'

LATEST WILLIAM HILL SCOTTISH REFERENDUM ODDS...

2/5 NO VOTE; 7/4 YES VOTE

Which currency will independent Scotland use?: 1/2 Sterling; 3/1 Euro; 5/1 Own new currency; 25/1 Any other

GENERAL ELECTION TO BE DELAYED/POSTPONED UNTIL AT LEAST 2016?........6/1 Yes; 1/12 No

DAVID CAMERON to be Tory Leader when General Election takes place: 1/12 yes; 6/1 No

PERCENTAGE TURNOUT FOR REFERENDUM: 8/11 Under 80%; Evens 80% or over

ALEX SALMOND still First Minister when next Scottish Election takes place: 4/11 Yes; 2/1 No