The money is still going on Labour
As the avalanche of polls continues there’s been a huge amount of betting activity during the day but our BALANCE OF MONEY predictions have not moved very much. On the vote shares Labour now has a 3% lead. As we state every day the bookmakers are operating all UK figures while the polling firms exclude Northern Ireland. Last time Labour’s GB total was 1.3% ahead, the Tory party was 1% and the LDs were half a per cent greater than the all-UK totals. So a Labour total of 38.5% is what punters think is going to happen.
Given the record is that all polls all the time always overstate Labour then we might be reaching the point where a sell bet become attractive.
IG has just taken a Â£1,000 a seat sell bet on Labour at 357 seats. So if ICM is right and Tony Blair’s party gets 400 seats then he, and we assume that almost all political gamblers are male, will be down Â£43,000.
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Bet of the Day The most popular seat market is Bethnal Green and Bow where George Galloway is trying to mount his return to Wetminster. Labour remain firm favourites.
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