Politics By Graham Sharpe

Could May Opt For Early Election After Sleaford Victory?

THE TORIES' win in the Sleaford by-election is encouraging speculation that Theresa May may well opt for an early General Election in 2017, with William Hill now offering just 5/4 (44% chance) about that happening.

And the Conservatives are odds-on favourites at 8/11 with Hills to win the next Election with an overall majority, with a Hung Parliament 13/8, a Labour overall majority 6/1.

Labour did poorly in the by-election and Jeremy Corbyn is now clear favourite at 2/1 with Hills to be the first of the current 'big five' Party leaders to stand down, with Paul Nuttall at 5/2; Theresa May 7/2; Tim Farron and Nicola Sturgeon both 6/1.

Clive Lewis, John McDonnell and Keir Starmer are the 8/1 co-favourites with Hills to succeed Corbyn as Labour leader, but they believe he'll be in charge for some time yet, offering 6/4 that he stands down in 2020; 6/4 in 2021 or later; 6/1 in 2017.

Ukip seem to have under-achieved in Sleaford, and they are Evens with William Hill to emerge from the next General Eleciton with no seats; 15/8 to have one; 11/4 two or more.

Will Article 50 be triggered before the end of March 2017? 8/11 Yes; Evens No