Politics By Graham Sharpe

Nuttall Stokes Up By Election Gamble On UKIP

UKIP Leader Paul Nuttall is now odds-on favourite to win the Stoke on Trent Central by-election with William Hill, after the Party, which started as a 3/1 chance, was heavily backed in to odds of 4/5, depriving Labour of favouritism.

And Labour is now facing the humiliating prospect of winning neither of the forthcoming by-elections as the Tories are favourites to win Copeland, which takes place on the same day.

'Paul Nuttall's candidature seems to have captured voters' imaginations - it certainly appeals to political punters as 59.5% of all bets and 74.3% of all the money bet on the outcome is for Ukip, compared with 10.5% and 16.4% respectively for Labour.' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe, adding 'The betting suggests Jeremy Corbyn will have to explain away two embarrassing by-election defeats.'

In Copeland, 36.6% of bets and 60% of money is for 8/13 favourites, the Conservatives, while Labour accounts for 28.5% and 28.3% respectively.

WILLIAM HILL.....STOKE ON TRENT CENTRAL.....4/5 Ukip; Evens Lab; 33/1 Cons, LDs

                          COPELAND......8/13 Cons; 7/4 Lab; 8/1 Ukip; 25/1 LDs.

Further information.....Graham Sharpe, Media Relations Director......07803233702