Politics General Election By Graham Sharpe

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.