Politics General Election By Graham Sharpe

Tories Favourites To Win More Seats

THE ODDS of Ed Miliband becoming Prime Minister as a result of the General Election have been cut by William Hill - but so have the odds about the Tories winning more seats than Labour.

'It seems illogical, but we are taking enough bets to cut our odds for Ed Miliband to be in Number 10 on August 1 from 8/11 to 8/15 (amongst them a £4000 wager from a Kensington customer on Thursday afternoon) - but at the same time, and despite a new poll giving Labour 277 seats and the Tories 270, we've have had to cut our odds for the Tories to win more seats than Labour to 2/5 from 4/9' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

One William Hill client from S West London has gambled £10,000 on the Tories collecting 276-300 seats at odds of 6/4, standing to make a profit of £15,000.

Hills offer David Cameron at 11/8 to be PM on August 1, and Labour at 15/8 to win more seats than the Tories.

LABOUR SEATS: 273 OR OVER- Even money; 272 or under- 8/11

TORY SEATS: 285 OR OVER- 10/11; 284 or under - 10/11.

The YouGov poll tipped Lib Dems to win 27 seats, and Hills offer them at 5/4 to win 27 or more; and 4/7 26 or under.

MOST SEATS? - 2/5 Cons; 15/8 Lab; 25/1 tie........MOST VOTES - 1/3 Cons; 9/4 Labour

PM ON AUG 1 - 8/15 Miliband; 11/8 Cameron.

OUTCOME OF GENERAL ELECTION...13/8 Labour minority; 11/4 Conservative minority; 6/1 Con-LD coalition; 7/1 Coalition involving SNP; 7/1 Lab-LD coalition; 15/2 Conservative majority; 22/1 Labour majority; 25/1 Coalition involving DUP; 28/1 Coalition involving UKIP; 33/1 Coalition between Con-Lab; 40/1 Coalition involving Greens; 200/1 UKIP majority; 1000/1 Lib Dem majority.

1/10 Hung Parliament.

**WILLIAM HILL have opened a market on when the make-up of the Government which will rule as a result of the General Election, will become known - and they are offering odds of just 2/1 that it will not happen before June.


  • By 23:59 on 8th May - 4/1
  • 9th - 12th May - 5/2
  • 13th -16th May - 7/2
  • 17th-31st May - 8/1
  • 1st June or later - 2/1