Politics By Graham Sharpe

Photo-finish for the EU Ref Stakes?

BOOKMAKERS WILLIAM HILL took their first bet on the outcome of the EU Referendum on January 20,2013, when a client from Jersey staked £20 on a 'Leave' outcome at odds of Even money, almost three years before even the date of the Referendum was known.

Since then, Hills say £20million has been gambled industry-wide on who will win the EU Referendum, and as voting day looms up Hills are offereing 2/9 (81% chance) that REMAIN will win, and 3/1 (25%) that LEAVE will triumph.

'66% of all the money gambled with William Hill on the outcome has been for Remain with bets of up to £100,000 staked, but 69% of all individual bets placed have been for Leave' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.'There has been worldwide betting interest – we have taken bets from Andorra, Argentina, Austria,Canada, Finland,Holland, Japan,Malaysia,Malta, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, to name just a few countries!'

William Hill had to twice shorten their odds for Ruth Davidson to succeed David Cameron as the next Tory Leader during the Great Debate – first from 33/1 to 25/1 and then to 16/1.

Meanwhile, Hills say 70% of the bets they took on the outcome of the EU Referendum during the Tuesday night televised debate were for 'Leave'.

'Ruth Davidson made a big impact, with a significant flurry of support for her throughout the debate to be the next Tory leader – we had to shorten her odds twice, eventually shortening them from 33/1 to 16/1' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe, 'And while the took plenty of bets on the outcome of the Referendum during the debate – 70% of them for Leave, they were of moderate size and we have not changed the odds from 2/9 Remain, 3/1 Leave.'

LATEST WILLIAM HILL EU REFERENDUM ODDS...2/9 (81%) REMAIN; 3/1 (25%) LEAVE

VOTER TURNOUT-....15/8 favourite 65.01-70%; 2/1 70.01-75.....7/2 60.01-65

NEXT TORY LEADER.....5/2 Boris Johnson; 9/2 George Osborne; 5/1 Theresa May; 7/1 Michael Gove; 14/1 Sajid Javid; 14/1 Stephen Crabb; 16/1 Ruth Davidson; Priti Patel. Others on request.

WHEN WILL DAVID CAMERON STAND DOWN? 5/2 BEFORE END OF JUNE; 6/4 THIS YEAR.