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Nic Ladds 4th Sep 2010 - 8:35

William Hague backed to quit

William Hill have cut their odds for William Hague to resign before the Tory Party Conference from 5/1 to 7/2.

'Political punters are betting that Mr Hague may decide to stand down as Foreign Secretary before the Conference gets underway' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

And Hills now offer 11/10 that Mr Hague will cease to be Foreign Secretary before the next General Election takes place.

William Hill..Mr Hague to resign before Conference - 7/2 yes; 1/6 no

Mr Hague to cease to be Foreign Secretary BEFORE the next General Election? - 4/6 no; 11/10 yes.

'Mr Hague has looked somewhat ill at ease under the media spotlight of the past few days, and with his private life coming under scrutiny some observers of the political scene are speculating that he could decide to take himself and his wife out of the limelight by standing down' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Date of next General Election...2010- 14/1;....2011- 5/1;....2012- 6/1;....2013 - 11/2;.....2014 - 2/1.....2015+...7/4

Outcome of next General Election....11/8 Hung parliament.....6/4 Cons majority......5/2 Lab majority......66/1 Lib Dem majority

In terms of the Labour leadership...

David Miliband is a hotter favourite than at any time since he announced he would be standing for the Labour Leadership.

William Hill have now cut his odds from 1/3 to 1/4 favourite. 'Mr Miliband can only beat himself now if he says or does something disastrous - otherwise he is cruising to victory according to our punters' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

'Leadership contest favourites have a poor record over the years - neither David Cameron nor Nick Clegg was initially favourite to win their own contest - but David Miliband looks sure to change that trend.'

William Hill....Next Labour Leader

David Milliband 1/4
Ed Milliband 11/4
Ed Balls 50/1
Andy Burnham 50/1
Diane Abbott 100/1



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