Bookies double-kip fears for Clarke

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Ken Clarke is now even money with Ladbrokes to fall asleep at a major political conference or speech in the next year.

The bookies aren’t taking any chances after yesterday’s shut-eye cost them a four figure sum and have sent him a case of energy drinks in the hope of avoiding another payout.

The firm are also now taking bets on Clarke following in John Prescott’s footsteps and make him 4/1 to endorse his beloved Hush Puppies after he retires as an MP.

It’s 10/1 he teams up with a bed company and 12/1 he is the face of a coffee campaign.

Ladbrokes have also offered Formula 1 fan Clarke a free £200 bet on the winner of the Drivers Championship this season with all proceeds going to a charity of his choice.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “After being caught napping ourselves we’ve slashed the odds on another high profile snooze and have sent him some energy drinks as insurance.”

Ladbrokes latest betting

Ken Clarke to fall asleep again at either: David Cameron’s address to the Tory Party Conference, Budget speech 2012, Queen’s Speech or State Opening of Parliament 2012 – Evens

Which company/product will Ken Clarke endorse after he retires as an MP?
Any bed company – 10/1
Energy drink – 16/1
Coffee – 12/1
Hush Puppies – 4/1

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.