Politics General Election By Graham Sharpe

SNP Coalition Odds Slashed

BOOKMAKERS William Hill have responded to the rise in SNP poll ratings, and political punters backing the Party to be part of a coalition government as a result of the General Election by cutting the odds for that to happen from 9/2 to 7/2 - now making that the most likely government to be formed in the event of a Hung Parliament outcome.

'With the SNP apparently going from strength to strength and being tipped to take some 50 seats, the chances of them being involved in a coalition appear to be increasing significantly- and that is the way many of our clients are betting' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe. Hills now offer just 2/1 that the SNP will end up with 51 or more seats, and make them 5/6 joint favourites to win the Kirkcaldy seat Gordon Brown is vacating - the same odds as Labour are to retain it.

However, Hills have also taken a bet of £2000 from a Leeds-based betting shop customer for a Conservative majority at the Election, and have cut the odds about that outcome from 11/2 to 9/2.

**WILLIAM HILL have cut their odds for David Cameron and Ed Miliband both to be involved in the same TV election debate from 11/8 to 6/5, and have lengthened the odds about such a thing NOT happening, from 8/15 to 8/13.

WILLIAM HILL ODDS: GENERAL ELECTION OUTCOME...2/9 Hung Parliament; 7/2 Coalition involving SNP; 4/1 Con-LD Coalition; 9/2 Con minority govt; 9/2 Con majority; 5/1 Labour minority govt; 13/2 Lab-LD coalition; 7/1 Coalition involving Ukip; 12/1 Lab majority; 20/1 Coalition involving Greens; 33/1 Con-Lab coalition; 50/1 Ukip majority; 500/1 Lib Dem majority; 25/1 any other outcome.