General Election Politics By Graham Sharpe

Let Leadership Battle Commence

WITH ED MILIBAND odds on to stand down as Labour leader before midnight on Friday, bookmakers William Hill have already installed Andy Burnham as 5/2 favourite to succeed him.

'There is little doubt that Labour have under-achieved, and Ed Miliband is 1/2 to pay the penalty by quitting very quickly' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Hills make Yvette Cooper 3/1 second favourite to succeed him, and also offer 6/1 Chuka Umunna; 7/1 Dan Jarvis; 10/1 Tristram Hunt.

Hills believe there will be two other leadership campaigns, with Tim Farron 1/3 favourite to succeed Nick Clegg, ahead of 5/1 Norman Lamb and 8/1 Vince Cable.

Douglas Carswell is 2/1 favourite to replace Nigel Farage as Ukip leader with Hills who also offer 3/1 Patrick O'Flynn; 5/1 Diane Jones; 5/1 Suzanne Evans; 7/1 Paul Nuttall and Steven Woolfe.