UKIP’s chances in Cumbria & North East

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Up to a point, Lord Copper.

Yes, UKIP are second favourites in a whole host of seats in the North of England. However, as far as Cumbria and the North East are concerned, it doesn’t look very likely that they will actually win any of them. In many of these seats, we can more or less completely rule out the Tories or the Liberal Democrats. There’s a little more uncertainty with UKIP, which means they are quite often the “main challengers” in the sense that it’s a little less unlikely that they could win. Labour are still huge odds-on favourites in most of these places.

It’s also a question of market forces – there do seem to be a lot of optimistic kippers out there willing to risk a few quid at big odds in some of these constituencies. Nobody is going to waste any money backing the Liberal Democrats in, say, Hartlepool.

Here are their top ten prospects in the region, according to the latest odds. The UKIP win %, is their chances of winning the seat as implied by Ladbrokes’ latest prices.

Seat Region 2010 Winner UKIP Win %
Redcar North East Lib-Dem 11.43%
Hartlepool North East Labour 9.85%
Easington North East Labour 7.01%
Workington Cumbria Labour 6.90%
Blyth Valley North East Labour 5.50%
South Shields North East Labour 5.50%
Washington & Sunderland West North East Labour 5.48%
Bishop Auckland North East Labour 5.45%
Middlesbrough South & Cleveland North East Labour 5.34%
Middlesbrough North East Labour 4.50%

There seem to be some problems in the local Labour party in Redcar, and the Lib Dem vote is expected to fall quite dramatically, which opens a small window for UKIP. Hartlepool’s demographics look quite promising for UKIP, a point which can be made about a lot of Labour held seats in the North East.

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Matthew Shaddick

Matthew Shaddick has been Head of Poliical Betting at Ladbrokes since 2008. He's a writer and odds-maker with particular expertise in UK and US elections. Also known to dabble in music, literary and other out of the way betting markets. Sometimes issues tips on horse racing and football, which are best ignored.