General Election Politics By Graham Sharpe

Is Betting Tide Turning Towards Tories?

BOOKMAKERS WILLIAM HILL say political punters have begun backing the Tories to do better than expected. One Hill's client has staked £3000 on an outright victory for the Conservatives - the odds for which have been cut from 15/2 to 7/1; the odds for a Conservative-Lib Dem coalition have shrunk from 6/1 to 7/2 secind favourite; the Tories have been backed from 1/4 to 2/9 to win most votes, and from 2/7 to 1/4 to win most seats at the Election.

And although Ed Miliband remains favourite to be PM on August 1, Hills have lengthened his odds from 8/15 to 4/7 and shortened David Cameron from 6/5 to 11/8.

'The betting tide seems to have turned in favour of the Tories in the last couple of days' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

WILLIAM HILL ODDS....General Election outcome: 13/8 Lab min; 7/2 Con min; 7/2 Con-LD; 7/1 Coalition involving SNP; 7/1 Con majority; 8/1 Lab-LD coalition; 28/1 Lab majority.

MOST VOTES...2/9 Cons; 3/1 Lab

MOST SEATS- 1/4 Cons; 11/4 Lab; 25/1 tie.

PM on Aug 1.....4/7Miliband; 11/8 Cameron