Politics By Graham Sharpe

Smith And Tomlinson In 'Betroom' Clash

Two MPs who clashed in the Commons over the 'bedroom tax' on Wednesday have both been backed to lead their respective Parties..

Owen Smith, the Labour MP, raised a question in the Commons and demanded that the 'tax' should be scrapped. Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, was expected to respond but instead, North Swindon's Tory MP Justin Tomlinson, minister for disabled people, replied.

Owen Smith has since been cut from 22/1 to 16/1 seventh favourite by William Hill to become the next Labour leader and is a 33/1 shot to be the next Prime Minister – while Mr Tomlinson has his own eyes on becoming Conservative leader and, ultimately, Prime Minister – having placed a £50 bet at odds of 10,000/1 with William Hill on himself to do so, when he was a University student. He has until 2038 to achieve his aim and collect winnings of £500,000 in the process.

'Both Mr Smith and Mr Tomlinson could prove expensive for us should they ultimately become leaders of the Labour and Conservative Parties' said William Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Next Elected Labour Leader... 7/2 H Benn; 4/1 D Jarvis; 5/1 L Nandy; 9/1 T Watson; 10/1 M Dugher; 12/1 K Starmer; 16/1 O Smith; C Umunna. Others on request.

**Jeremy Corbyn is 6/5 to cease to be Labour leader during 2016.