Politics By Graham Sharpe

Hammond Hammered

POLITICAL punters have rushed to bet that the NIC fiasco will ultimately cost Chanceller Philip Hammond his job - and bookmakers William Hill have slashed their odds for him to be a former Chancellor by the time the next General Election takes place, from 7/2 (22% chance) to 5/2 (28% chance).

However, Hills still believe he can survive and offer 2/7 (78% chance) from 1/6 (86% chance) that he will do so.

'Mr Hammond will be hoping that the aftermath of the NIC affair is soon forgotten' said ill's spokesman Graham Sharoe, 'But we have seen a flurry of three figure bets for him to lose that job and he is certainly not out of the woods yet'

WILLIAM HILL....CHANCELLOR HAMMOND STILL IN JOB WHEN NEXT GENERAL ELECTION TAKES PLACE?.......2/7 yes; 5/2 no.

Further information......Graham Sharpe, William Hill Media Relations Director........0780 3233702