Politics By Graham Sharpe

Labour's Scottish Election Outcome Beyond Their Ken?

POLITICAL punters are betting that Labour could end up with fewer MSPs than the Conservatives at the imminent Scottish elections as a result of the Ken Livingstone furore and its ongoing debate. Hills have cut their odds for the Conservatives to have more MSPs than Labour after the elections from 5/4 to 11/10, with Labour 4/6 to end up with more.

**Meanwhile, Andy Burnham, a very well fancied candidate to succeed Ed Miliband as Labour leader, but defeated by Jeremy Corbyn, is suddenly popular with political punters again and has been backed from 28/1 to 16/1 with William Hill to get the job the next time it becomes available.

'Mr Burnham is playing a high profile role in Labour's current high profile row over Ken Livingstone which seems to be playing well with those interested in who will eventually succeed Mr Corbyn as Labour leader and he has been the best backed contender since the situation arose' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.'However Labour's odds of winning the next General Election have drifted out from 7/2 to 4/1 recently.'

However, the row has not yet affected Sadiq Khan's odds to win the London Mayoral election which he remains 1/12 to do, with Zac Goldsmith a 6/1 chance.

Meanwhile, a string of four figure bets for 'Leave' has seen its EU Referendum odds shortened from 3/1 to 5/2  (28% chance) by William Hill, who make Remain 3/10 (76% chance) favourite.

NEXT ELECTED LABOUR LEADER?......7/2 Jarvis; 5/1 Nandy; 6/1 Benn; 10/1 Watson; 12/1 Eagle; 12/1 Starmer; 14/1 McDonnell; 16/1 Burnham; 16/1 Umunna. Others on request.

WHICH LEADER WILL STAND DOWN FIRST? 4/5 Cameron, Evens Corbyn

WHEN WILL CORBYN STAND DOWN? 2/1 2016; 9/2 2017; 12/1 2018; 12/1 2019; 6/4 2020; 8/1 2021 OR LATER

WHEN WILL CAMERON STAND DOWN? 2/1 2016; 6/1 2017; 8/1 2018; 9/4 2019; 9/4 2020; 20/1 2021 OR LATER

OUTCOME OF NEXT GENERAL ELECTION....11/10 Con majority; 11/8 Hung Parliament; 4/1 Labour majority

LATEST EU REFERENDUM ODDS.......3/10 REMAIN; 5/2 LEAVE