Politics By Graham Sharpe

Justin Time To Be Prime Minister

JUSTIN TOMLINSON was first elected as a Conservative MP in 2010, for the constituency of North Swindon. He is 1/7 favourite with William Hill to retain the seat at this General Election - and if he does so he could significantly enhance his prospects of an eventual payout of £500,000 from that bookmaker - as Mr Tomlinson, now 38, staked a £50 bet on himself to become Prime Minister, in August 1998, when he was at University - and Hills gave him odds of 10,000/1 about that happening.

'Obviously, with a potential half a million pound payout on our books, we have closely followed Mr Tomlinson's political career' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe. 'He has already progressed from local councillor to MP, and should he retain his seat and the Tories remain in government he must have a fair chance of a Cabinet position during the course of the next government - we currently make him a 5/1 chance to do so. Should he wonder what price we'd now offer about him eventually achieving the highest office - well, he's now down from 10,000/1 to 66/1!' added Sharpe.

GENERAL ELECTION OUTCOME...1/5 Hung Parliament; 4/1 Con-LD Coalition; 9/2 Coalition involving SNP; 9/2 Con minority govt; 11/2 Con majority;11/2 Lab minority govt; 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....4/6 Conservatives; 6/5 Labour; 33/1 Ukip; 400/1 Lib Dems.

BORIS JOHNSON ODDS...To be next Tory leader: 9/4......To be NEXT Prime Minister.....6/1....To be Prime Minister on or before Dec 31, 2020- 6/4 Yes; 1/2 No.