As Comres joins YouGov in making the LibDems the second placed party, Graham Sharpe, William Hill’s spinner, emails Guido to say that seven out of every ten political bets they took were for a Lib Dem win :- ‘Pre-debate the Lib Dems would be doing well if one in every ten bet was for them, but their support turned from a trickle to a flood on Friday with a mass of modest bets of up to £100 pouring on them to win with an overall majority or to be the largest single Party, with the larger bets were placed by regular political pundits backing a Hung Parliament.‘ A hung parliament maybe, but backing LibDems to win outright?
If you are bullish about the LibDems here is how the punters rate their chances tonight from on Political Smarkets, the specialist bookies:
- Nick Clegg to be Next Prime Minister 15%
- Vincent Cable to be next chancellor : 21%
- Lib Dems to get 70 or more seats : 52%
- Nick Clegg to win second TV debate 51%
- Nick Clegg to win third TV debate 80%
- Nick Cegg to win all TV debates 47%
Cable looks cheap and worth backing at 21% given the polls are pointing to a hung parliament. Gordon would give him the chancellorship for a Lib-Lab pact at the drop of a hat.