From William Hill:
WILLIAM HILL have cut their odds that Speaker Michael Martin will step down before the General Election, from 5/1 to 3/1 and offer 2/9 that he will not. 'The feeling is growing that the Speaker is rapidly losing support and could be a convenient scapegoat for the current situation' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.HILLS MAKE ALAN HASELHURST AND MENZIES CAMPBELL 3/1 JOINT FAVOURITES to succeed Michael Martin as permanent Speaker, and have seen good support for Sylvia Heal, down from 16/1 to 7/1 third favourite, and Sir George Young, in from 33/1 to 10/1 fourth favourite.If Martin does not step down soon, then he has no shame. He has lost the confidence of many MPs, and that should be enough to tell anyone that it is time to go. But I suppose he will just desperately hang on to his position like his mate Gordon.