Politics General Election By Graham Sharpe

Could £85,000 Tory Gamble Go West?

A WILLIAM HILL client has gambled £85,000 that the Conservatives will win more seats than Labour or any other Party at the General Election - and stands to collect £153,000 as a result, if his hunch proves correct.

The customer has placed a series of bets, culminating in a £20,000 stake this week at odds of 4/7, on his chosen Election outcome, bringing his total stake to £85,000 after first placing a relatively modest £2000 last May, when the odds were at 6/5.

'The client is from Devon and is particularly keen on politics - as he has also staked over £23,000 that there will be a Hung Parliament - to get back £51,000' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

However, even though his two gambles total over £100,000, they are not the biggest Hills have taken on what will be the biggest betting General Election ever - as another client has bet £200,000 on a Hung Parliament at odds of 2/9, standing to make a profit of £44,444.

'We still have weeks to go and already the betting on this General Election has broken virtually every previous long-standing record' added Sharpe.

WILLIAM HILL......Will Ed Miliband be Labour leader on Jan 1, 2016?....4/6 NO; 11/10 YES.

WILLIAM HILL...Largest Party at General Election - 8/15 Conservatives; 6/4 Labour; 33/1 Ukip; 400/1 Lib Dems.

WILLIAM HILL ODDS: GENERAL ELECTION OUTCOME...2/9 Hung Parliament; 11/4 Coalition involving SNP; 4/1 Con-LD Coalition; 9/2 Con minority govt; 9/2 Con majority; 5/1 Labour minority govt; 8/1 Coalition involving Ukip; 9/1 Lab-Lib Dem coalition; 12/1 Lab majority; 22/1 Coalition involving Greens; 33/1 Con-Lab coalition; 50/1 Ukip majority; 500/1 Lib Dem majority; 25/1 any other outcome.