Politics By Graham Sharpe

Political Punters Choose Chuka For Labour Leader

CHUKA UMUNNA's announcement that he is standing for the Labour leadership resulted in a flurry of betting support as his odds shortened from 6/4 to 11/8 (stake £8 to win £11) favourite with William Hill.

His likely closest rivals are 11/4 second favourite, Andy Burnham, and joint 11/2 third favourites, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall.

'Interestingly, Chuka was freely available at odds of 6/1 on the run-in to, and even on the day of, the General Election, without attracting too much betting attention' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe, 'But suddenly he has become the candidate everyone wants to back. However, favourite backers should remember that Ed Miliband was not favourite to win Labour's last leadership campaign - his brother David was!'

WILLIAM HILL: TO BE NEXT LABOUR LEADER....11/8 Chuka Umunna; 11/4 Andy Burnham; 11/2 Yvette Cooper; 11/2 Liz Kendal; 9/1 Tristram Hunt; 25/1 Mary Creagh; 28/1 Stella Creasy; 33/1 Chris Leslie, Rachel Reeves. Others on request.