Hung Parliament Is Concern For Bookies
BOOKMAKERS William Hill fear the worst, as pollsters appear to be unanimous in their opinion that the General Election will result in a Hung Parliament. 'We fear we'll be hung out to dry if no Party manages to secure an overall majority - as political punters have been backing a Hung Parliament as though it is an absolute certainty' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
'We are now offering just 1/5 (stake £5 to win £1) having at one point offered 6/4 (stake £4 to win £6). One London-based client has staked the biggest ever General election bet of £200,000 on a Hung Parliament and stands to make a profit of £44,444, and another, from the West Country, has staked a total of £23,409 on a Hung Parliament, to collect £51,043.18 should it happen, having wagered 23 bets of between £500 and £2000 on that outcome.'
WILLIAM HILL ODDS: GENERAL ELECTION OUTCOME...1/5 Hung Parliament; 4/1 Con-LD Coalition; 9/2 Coalition involving SNP; 9/2 Con minority govt; 5/1 Labour minority govt; 11/2 Con majority; 11/2 Lab-LD coalition; 7/1 Coalition involving Ukip; 9/1 Lab majority; 20/1 Coalition involving Greens; 33/1 Con-Lab coalition; 50/1 Ukip majority; 500/1 Lib Dem majority.
TO BE LARGEST SINGLE PARTY....8/13 Conservatives; 5/4 Labour; 33/1 Ukip; 400/1 Lib Dems.