Election 2015: George Osborne’s trip to Colchester to try to upset the odds

George Osborne visits Asda Colchester where he helps out with the Click and Collect service. Pictur

George Osborne visits Asda Colchester where he helps out with the Click and Collect service. Pictured with Tom Adkins home shopping driver.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne made one last trip to Colchester today in a desperate bid to beat the odds and win the seat for the Tories.

Bookmakers – and pollsters – reckon LibDem Sir Bob Russell is safe in the seat – he is 1/5 to retain it while Tory challenger Will Quince is 7/2 outsider according to Ladbrokes.

UKIP’s Douglas Carswell is an even bigger favourite with Ladbrokes – they make him 1/16 to win Clacton against 7/1 for Conservative challenger Giles Watling.

In Suffolk, Ladbrokes have Labour’s David Ellesmere as narrow favourite to win Ipswich, at 8/11 compared with evens for Tory Ben Gummer.

While in Waveney Labour’s Bob Blizzard is 4/11 to take the seat back from Tory Peter Aldous, who is on 11/4.

In the safe seats the odds on favourites are so short, any bets are pointless – in Central Suffolk and West Suffolk the odds on Dr Dan Poulter and Matt Hancock are 1/100 according to Ladbrokes.

Follow our live feed through the night tomorrow as the votes are counted or join us on twitter using #SuffolkElects, #IpswichElects or #EssexElects.

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