Politics By Graham Sharpe

Gamble on Lab Minority Govt As Mili Rules Out SNP Deal

WITH ED MILIBAND apparently ruling out a coalition with the SNP, William Hill have slashed their odds about a Labour minority government in half, from 5/1 to 5/2 (stake £2 to win £5) - now their favourite option for the post Election government. 'If Mr Miliband has genuinely dismissed entering a coalition with the SNP that significantly increases the chances that he would be prepared to opt for minority government if the opportunity arises' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Hills have now lengthened their odds for a coalition government involving the SNP from 11/4 to 7/1.

WILLIAM HILL ODDS: GENERAL ELECTION OUTCOME...2/9 Hung Parliament; 5/2 Labour minority; 4/1 Con-LD Coalition; 9/2 Con minority govt; 9/2 Con majority; 5/1 Labour minority govt; 7/1 Coalition involving SNP; 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; 66/1 Ukip majority; 500/1 Lib Dem majority; 25/1 any other outcome.

LARGEST SINGLE PARTY: 4/9 Cons; 7/4 Lab; 50/1 Ukip; 400/1 LDs

LIB DEMS to be part of a government coalition? 2/1 Yes; 4/11 No.