Bookie slashes odds for ‘lively outsider’ Wright
PUBLISHED: 06:45 21 November 2014
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.”