Bookie slashes odds for ‘lively outsider’ Wright

PUBLISHED: 06:45 21 November 2014

The official launch for Claire Wright's campaign to become elected as an East Devon Independent MP took place in the Unitarian Chapel in Sidmouth this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 3996-23-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

The official launch for Claire Wright's campaign to become elected as an East Devon Independent MP took place in the Unitarian Chapel in Sidmouth this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 3996-23-14SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders

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A major bookmaker has backed an independent East Devon councillor to fare better than the Liberal Democrats and Labour in next May’s general election.

Bookies at Ladbrokes have halved their odds for Claire Wright from 66/1 to 33/1 following a ‘string of bets’ for the independent candidate.

East Devon’s incumbent Conservative MP, Hugo Swire, is firm favourite to defend a 9,000 vote majority and retain his seat with odds of 1/16.

UKIP are predicted to be runners-up at a price of 8/1.

The Liberal Democrats are rated behind Cllr Wright at 50/1, with punters offered 100/1 for a Labour win.

Matthew Shaddick, head of political odds at Ladbrokes, said: “History tells us that independent candidates very rarely get anywhere near winning at a general election, but money talks and Wright is emerging as a very lively outsider.”

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