Politics By Graham Sharpe

Corbyn Odds Still Shortening

QUOTED INITIALLY at 200/1 to win the Labour leadership race, Jeremy Corbyn attracted five bets at those odds before William Hill began shortening their odds - and continued to do so in an effort to stem the tide of betting support.

But even when he became a red-hot odds-on favourite, he remained the pin-up boy of political punters and Hills have now cut him from 1/3 (stake £3 for potential profit of £1) to 2/7 (stake £7 for potential profit of £2) after another flurry of support, including one customer who on Saturday staked his first bet with Hills - £1500 on Corbyn.

'Whatever price we quote Mr Corbyn at the punters take it - if he wins, we face a six figure reminder never to under-estimate him in the future as a result of the consequent hefty payout.'

LABOUR LEADER......2/7 Corbyn; 4/1 Cooper; 7/1 Burnham; 100/1 Kendall.

CORBYN TO WIN ON FIRST PREFERENCE VOTES?.......4/6 Yes; 11/10 No.

NEXT ELECTED PRIME MINISTER....5/2 G Osborne; 10/3 B Johnson; 8/1 J Corbyn; 12/1 Y Cooper; 14/1 S Javid; 16/1 A Burnham