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