favorite opinion polls indicate
The British odds makers
adjusting their odds on the Elections after opinion polls favor
opinion polls, together with the recent trials and tribulations
of the Labour Party have now seen the Conservatives become
favourites to win the next General Election for the first time
since Gordon Brown came to power. Hills now make the
Conservatives 8/11 favourites with Labour Even money and the Lib
Dems 66/1. "Labour's fortunes have taken a turn for the worse
since Gordon Brown decided not to call a General Election and
for the first time they are now no longer favourites to win the
next one" said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe. Hills offer
10/11 that the next General Election will take place between
January and June (inclusive) 2009.
William Hill have also cut the odds about Alistair Darling
ceasing to be Chancellor before the end of this year from 4/1 to
3/1 after further backing for the beleaguered Minister to lose
his job. Hills have also lengthened the odds Mr Darling,
or equally under-pressure Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, becoming
the next leader of the Labour Party , from 14/1 to 25/1.
"Neither Mr Darling nor Ms Smith seem to have enhanced their
reputations in recent weeks" said Graham Sharpe, spokesman
for William Hill.
Hills now make David Miliband 5/4
favourite to be the next Labour Leader and also offer 6/1
Douglas Alexander; 8/1 Hilary Benn; 10/1 Ed Balls; 12/1 Ed
Miliband; 14/1Alan Johnson; Jack Straw; 16/1 Ruth Kelly; Harriet
Harman; 25 Darling; Smith.
William Hill, Photo:
Charles James Fox, leader of the Whigs and gambling enthusiast.