The polls are suggesting that the Conservatives and Labour are neck-and-neck in terms of support, but it is the Conservatives who head the betting to win most seats on May 7th in one of the most unpredictable General Elections in recent history.
If you have a strong fancy for Labour, then backing them to win the most seats is the best course of action. However, if you feel the Conservatives are winning the argument in the lead-up to the vote, then why not simply back David Cameron to remain the Prime Minister after the election? Cameron is a best price of 10/11 with Coral, with Ed Miliband an Even money chance with Bet365 and Titanbet. Cameron’s challenge will be building a coalition, but he managed it at the last election and will surely make the necessary compromises to hold on to power.
There are no strong hints of a change of leadership on either side, but Boris Johnson – not even an MP in the last parliament – is 33/1 with Sky Bet to be the next PM. Yvette Cooper is 66/1 with the same firm to head up a new Labour-led Government.
Ed Miliband confidently stated that Labour could still win an overall majority in the recent TV debate, but the polls and the betting suggest it is hugely unlikely. No Overall Majority is the 1/6 favourite (William Hill), with a Conservative Majority available at 7/1 (Ladbrokes). A UKIP majority is 250/1 with Coral.
With the margins between the parties so fine, it may take a broad coalition to make up sufficient numbers to form a government, making the last Conservative/Lib-Dem alliance appear rather straightforward.
There’s a huge range of choices available in the betting for the make-up of the ‘Next Government’, with a Labour minority heading the way at 7/4, closely followed by any coalition involving the Lib-Dems at 2/1 with Coral. Don’t back that, though, as you’d get effective odds of 3/1 by backing both the Conservative/Lib-Dem (6/1) and Labour/Lib-Dem (8/1) selections with Bet365.
There are numerous other election markets available, including Total Seats for all the parties, a UKIP v Lib-Dem Most Votes Match Bet (Ladbrokes) with UKIP as 2/7 favourites and the Lib-Dems 5/2, Nick Clegg to retain his Sheffield Hallam seat (4/7 Ladbrokes), George Galloway to retain his Bradford West seat (4/6 Ladbrokes), Nigel Farage to win the South Thanet seat (4/6 Ladbrokes) and even Al Murray, who is standing against the UKIP leader, to be an MP at 250/1 (Coral) representing the Free United Kingdom Party (FUKP).
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