Witney contest set to be biggest betting by-election ever


The Witney by-election on Thursday looks set to become the biggest ever such contest in political betting history, following a flurry of activity. 

We initially rated it as a non-event, chalking up the Tories at 1/500 to take the seat. But a rush of money on a shock Liberal Democrat win and fevered speculation on Labour’s performance has seen it overtake Eastleigh 2013 in betting turnover.

The Lib Dems have been backed in from 50/1 to 10/1, with over two-thirds of all bets placed on a shock gain. However, one bet of £20,000 on the Conservatives has helped ensure that they remain the firm 1/25 favourites.

Meanwhile, it’s only 6/1 that Labour lose their deposit and 1,000/1 for a dead-heat.

Matthew Shaddick of Ladbrokes said: “Despite looking like one of the safest Tory seats in the country, an army of Liberal Democrat fans believe this could be very close. If numbers of bets are any guide to the result, Theresa May could be in for a very unwelcome surprise.”

​Latest Ladbrokes betting:

Conservatives – 1/25

Liberal Democrats -10/1

Labour – 100/1

UKIP – 100/1

Green – 100/1

NHA – 200/1

English Democrats – 500/1

Daniel Skidmore – 500/1

Nicholas Ward – 500/1

Adam Knight – 500/1

Loonies – 1000/1

Eccentric Party GB – 1000/1

Bus Pass Elvis – 1000/1

One Love – 1000/1

Labour Vote Share

Under 5% – 6/1

5-10% – 2/1

10-15% – 7/4

15-20% – 5/1

20-25% – 10/1

Over 25% – 20/1

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



William Geldart

Having graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Wales, Bangor, William contributed to a number of online football blogs before finally finding his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow alongside the rest of the Ladbrokes News team. Now indulging passions for football, horse racing, greyhounds, boxing and political betting. Supports Wycombe Wanderers and can be spotted at various lower league and non-league grounds across the country.