UKIP’s Nuttall backed to take Stoke-On-Trent by-election

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UKIP leader Paul Nuttall is proving a popular bet to take Stoke Central from Labour, according to the latest odds.

With the news looking increasingly likely that Nuttall will run, the bookies have been forced to cut the odds of a UKIP victory to 2/1 from 9/4.

That move has left Labour drifting out to 4/5 having opened up at 1/2.

Support for the Lib Dems, who were subject to a wholesale gamble upon confirmation of Tristram Hunt’s resignation, has dried up now leaving them in third place at 7/1 ahead of the Tories at 10/1.

Hunt’s departure is the latest blow for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, with the party also under pressure to hold their seat up in Copeland.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “The early money in Stoke was all on Lib Dem, but with Nuttall seemingly about to declare his run, political punters are confident he will go on better than the man he replaced.”

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Ladbrokes latest betting

Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election

Labour – 4/5

UKIP – 2/1

Liberal Democrats – 7/1

Conservatives – 10/1

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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