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Craig Porter 9th May 2009 - 11:56

Purdey for parliament? That would be absolutely fabulous

Joanna Lumley has been made a 10/1 chance to become an MP at the next General Election after leading the campaign to give Gurkhas the right to settle in Britain which resulted in a Commons defeat for the Government.

"As one of the most popular celebrities in Britain, if she opted to follow Glenda Jackson into politics she could well prove a popular candidate - independent or otherwise - at the forthcoming General Election," said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Hills also offer her at 50/1 to become the next Mayor of London.

But Hills saw punters rushing to back Gordon Brown to cease to be Prime Minister by the end of the year following his Commons setback.

"We had to cut the odds about Gordon Brown leaving office before the end of the year from 5/2 to 2/1 after this latest in an increasing line of setbacks," said Sharpe.

Hills also offer 6/4 that Brown will NOT lead Labour into the next General Election.

And Hills have also cut the odds about a 2009 General Election from 7/2 to 5/2, with 2010 now 1/6 from 1/9.

The Conservatives have been shortened from 1/2 to 4/11 to win the next General Election with an overall majority, with a Hung Parliament at 9/4 and a Labour majority pushed out from 10/1 to 12/1.

Alan Johnson has been backed from 6/1 to 4/1 favourite to succeed Gordon Brown as Labour Leader with William Hill who make Harriet Harman 5/1 second favourite and also offer 7/1 David Miliband; Ed Miliband; 8/1 Jon Cruddas; James Purnell; Jack Straw;10/1 John Denham; 12/1 Ed Balls; 14/1 Andy Burnham.

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Further information.....Graham Sharpe...0208 918 3731


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