Politics By Graham Sharpe

Chuka Boost Ken Help Liz To Labour Leadership

AFTER being endorsed by Chuka Umunna, Liz Kendall's odds of becoming the next elected Labour leader have been cut by William Hill from 9/4 to 7/4 second favourite, while favourite Andy Burnham, backed by John Prescott. has seen his odds lengthened from 4/5 to 5/6.

'Liz Kendall definitely has the momentum in this campaign - just a couple of weeks ago we took a bet of £300 at odds of 10/1 for her and her odds have shortened consistently while big names like Tristram Hunt and Chuka Umunna have supported her' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Meanwhile, Yvette Cooper, who was expected to be the main challenger to Andy Burnham, has drifted out to 9/2, with Mary Creagh the only other seriously backed runner a 28/1 chance.

'It may be too soon to call this a two-horse race' added Sharpe, 'But it is loking more and more likely that it will be.'

Meanwhile, Kendall and Cooper's prominence is making it more likely that Labour will find itself with female Leader and Deputy leader, with Hlls offer 2/1 about that happening, while they offer 11/4 that they will end up with males in both roles.

LABOUR LEADER...5/6 Burnham; 7/4 Kendall; 9/2 Cooper; 28/1 Creagh. Others on request.

DEPUTY LEADER...6/4 Tom Watson; 5/2 Stella Creasy; Carloine Flint; 9/1 Angela Eagle; 12/1 Rushanara Ali; 14/1 Ben Bradshaw; Gloria De Piero. Others on request.

2/1 Female leader AND female deputy leader; 11/4 Male leader & male deputy.