SINCE ED MILIBAND declared he would not enter into a coalition or a deal with the SNP, bookmakers William Hill have seen a flurry of bets for David Cameron to become PM as a result of the General Election (to be in the role on Aug 1 for the purposes of the bet) and have slashed his odds from 6/4 to 6/5, while Miliband's have been lengthened from 8/15 to 4/6.
'Mr Miliband remains favourite to be PM as a result of the General Election - but only because of the volume of bets placed on him in the belief that he will be prepared to team up with the SNP to take office. Since his comments about not entering coalition or doing a deal with them support for him to be PM has virtually dried up and we have lengthened our odds for the SNP to be involved in coalition govt' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.
'In fact we have taken more on who will succeed Miliband as Labour leader than on him to be PM since the remarks.'
TO BE PM ON AUG 1......4/6 Miliband; 6/5 Cameron; 25/1 Any one else
NEXT LABOUR LEADER.....5/2 Burnham; 3/1 Cooper; 6/1 Umunna; 7/1 Jarvis; 10/1 Hunt. Others on request.
GENERAL ELECTION OUTCOME: 1/9 Hung Parliament; 13/8 Labour minority; 7/2 Con-LD coalition; 4/1 Con minority; 13/2 Con majority; 8/1 Coalition involving SNP; 8/1 Lab-LD coalition; 25/1 Coalition invlving DUP; 28/1 Lab majority; 33/1 Con-Lab coalition; 33/1 Coalition involving UKIP; 50/1 Coalition involving Greens; 500/1 Ukip majority; 500/1 Lib Dem majority.
LIB DEMS TO BE IN COALITION GOVT- 8/15 no; 11/8 yes.
Graham Sharpe, Media Relations Director