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Stuart Dalgleish 19th Sep 2010 - 14:44

You bet Clegg might get the Blues as Lib Dems turn against him

WITH THE LIB DEM CONFERENCE IMMINENT, NICK CLEGG has been backed from 100/1 to 50/1 with William Hill to join the Conservative Party before the end of this year as the Lib Dem odds to win the next General Election have been lengthened from 25/1 to 80/1.

'We have had a number of political punters prepared to speculate that Mr Clegg could well throw in his lot with the Tories as he comes under ever more criticism from his own Party and after taking a number of bets at 100/1 we have cut the price to 50/1 - and are still doing business at those odds' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Meanwhile, punters give the Lib Dems no chance of winning the next General Election, even though another hung parliament is odds-on.

WILLIAM HILL make it an odds-on shot that there will again be a hung parliament following the next General Election and offer 1/2 about the scenario, with the Conservatives 7/4 to win with an overall majority, Labour 2/1 to do likewise, and the Lib-Dems 80/1 outsiders to do so.

MILIBANDWAGON RUNNING ED'S WAY........................................

ED MILIBAND has been heavily backed yet again and could even end up as favourite with William Hill to win the Labour leadership race. He has come down from 3/1 just a week ago to less than half those odds at 11/8, the shortest price he has been since the contest began.

Hills have lengthened long-time favourite David Miliband from 2/9 to 8/15, with Ed Balls offered at 80/1 and both Diane Abott and Andy Burnham 100/1 outsiders.

'Ed Miliband's bandwagon is rolling at high speed now and over 80% of the bets we have taken on the race in the last week have been for him, with stakes of £600 and £500 the biggest individual bets so far' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

'The market for David Miliband has virtually dried up and the punters who had backed him as though he were past the post are now getting a little nervous as the winning post comes into view. It is not out of the question that Ed could replace David as favourite'

Hills offer 7/1 that Ed Miliband will be Prime Minister before the end of 2015.

'Punters backing Ed will no doubt recall that neither David Cameron nor Nick Clegg were favourite to win the races to lead their own Parties when they started' added Sharpe.


CONTROVERSIAL US politician Sarah Palin has been backed from 20/1 to 14/1 fourth favourite with William Hill to win the next Presidential Election.

'Following the Tea Party's recent successes, which have been linked to Ms Palin's support, we have seen a run of bets for her to take the job next time out' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Hills make Barack Obama Even money favourite to win again next time but also offer:

Barack Obama evens
Mitt Romney 7/1
Mitch Daniels 12/1
Sarah Palin 14/1
Jon Thune 14/1
Mike Huckabee 18/1
Newt Gingrich 18/1
Hilary Clinton 20/1
Tim Pawlenty 22/1
Haley Barbour 25/1
John Biden 33/1
Bobby Jindal 50/1
Ron Paul 50/1



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