Politics By Graham Sharpe

Biggest Political Bet Of Year

BOOKMAKERS William Hll have taken a bet of £20,000, the biggest political stake so far this year, on Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate to win London's Mayoral Election. The bet was placed by a Sussex-based client of Hills who has previously gambled on a variety of sports, but never placed a political wager before.

The bet was struck at odds of 5/2, giving the client a potential profit of £50,000, and Hills have not cut those odds to 15/8 – but Mr Goldsmith remains second favourite behind Labour's Sadiq Khan, the 8/15 favourite, with George Galloway at 40/1; Carline Pidgeon 100/1; Peter Whittle and Sian Berry each 150/1.

'This is a serious bet, the biggest on politics struck this year, in what is shaping up to be the biggest year in political betting with not only the London Election but also the EU Referendum and US Presidential Election contrubuting to what is likely to be a total turnover of some £30million.' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.