WITH CALLS for a leadership election beginning to multiply, William Hill have cut the odds for Gordon Brown to step down as Prime Minister before the end of the year from 5/2 to 7/4. Hill's spokesman said:
'The only bets we are taking on the issue are for the PM to be forced out before the end of the year'Hills make Brown 2/5 still to be PM on January 1, 2009.
David Miliband is 2/1 favourite to succeed Brown as PM and Hills also offer 4/1 Jack Straw; 5/1 Alan Johnson; 7/1 Harriet Harman; 8/1 Jon Cruddas; 10/1 John Denman; 12/1 Ed Balls; 16/1 James Purnell; 33 Charles Clarke.
LABOUR ARE NOW THE LONGEST ODDS TO WIN THE GENERAL ELECTION THAT THEY HAVE BEEN SINCE TONY BLAIR BECAME LEADER.
William Hill have lengthened them from 5/2 to 3/1 to be the largest Party after the next Election, and make the Conservatives 2/9 favourites - the shortest odds they have been since losing power - with the Lib Dems 100/1 no hopers. Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe said:
'No Party has ever won a General Election at these odds since the 2nd World War, so things look bleak for Labour under Brown'BARACK ALSO UNDER PRESSURE AS ODDS LENGTHEN
BARACK OBAMA's US Presidential odds have lengthened to the longest price he has been since winning his Party's nomination, with William Hill now pushing them out from 4/7 to 4/6, while John McCain's odds are in from 5/4 to 11/10. Graham said:
'The Sarah Palin effect has revitalised McCain's campaign and he is now closer in the betting to Obama than at any time since he became the official candidate. 'The momentum is with McCain who could easily be favourite by this time next week.'