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Stuart Dalgleish 11th Jan 2011 - 17:27

Labour red-hot favs for Thursday by-election

A WILLIAM HILL political punter has bet £7000 that the Lib Dems will beat the Conservatives in this week's Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election at odds of 1/9, and Hills have also been forced to cut their odds for the Lib Dems to poll over 25% of votes cast, from 11/10 to 5/6.

'We have seen plenty of support for the Lib Dems - but not for them to actually win the seat - for which Labour remain red-hot favourites' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

William Hill have made Labour virtually unbackable 1/25 favourites to win the by-election, with the Lib Dems now out to 9/1, the Conservatives 50/1 and both UKIP and the BNP 250/1.

With Nick Clegg facing embarrassing questions should the Lib Dem vote collapse in Oldham, William Hill quote him at 7/4 to cease to be Lib Dem leader before the next General Election takes place.

Hills now offer 1/12 that the Lib Dems will finish with more votes than the Tories, (6/1 not to) while they offer 4/6 that there will be a voting turnout of 50% or more, 11/10 under 50%.

It is 5/6 that Labour poll 40% or more of the votes cast, 5/6 that they receive under 40%.

The Lib Dems are 5/6 to poll under 25% of votes cast, 5/6  25% or more.



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