Punters plunging cash on early election
William Hill have had to cut the odds that the General Election will take place in the first half of next year.
Hefty betting support for the next General Election to take place between January and June 2009 saw the price shortened from 11/4 to 2/1.
"All of a sudden there is talk of a General Election early next year - and it is being backed up with hard cash from political punters who have been staking up to £400 a time that it will happen," said William Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
Hills offer 9/2 that the General Election will take place in the second half of 2009, between July and December, but still reckon 2010 is the favourite date, at odds of 4/6.
Hills make the Conservatives 4/11 favourites to win (largest single Party) the next General Election, whenever it takes place, with Labour 2/1 and the Lib Dems 100/1. A Hung Parliament is a 2/1 chance.