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