Bookies not bowled over by Gough becoming an MP

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DARREN GOUGH is 33/1 with Ladbrokes to become an MP before 2020.

Following his invitation from David Cameron to stand in Barnsley, the firm have responded and make the Conservatives the joint 20/1 second favourites with the Lib Dems for the by-election. Labour are 1/33 for the seat with the BNP and UKIP both 100/1 chances.

In the coalition head-to-head, the Lib Dems are slight favourites at 4/6 to beat the Conservatives (11/10).

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “Despite Gough’s cult status we aren’t swayed and don’t think the Conservatives stand much of a chance even with him on side. It’d be an achievement for them to beat their coalition partners in what the odds suggest is a nailed on safe seat for Labour.”

In other political news the bookies also quote the English Defence League as 50/1 chances to win a Westminster by-election before the next general election.

Ladbrokes latest betting

Barnsley Central
Labour – 1/33
Conservatives – 20/1
Liberal Democrats – 20/1
BNP – 100/1
UKIP – 100/1

Coalition head to head
Liberal Democrats – 4/6
Conservative – 11/10

Darren Gough to become an MP before 2020 – 33/1

EDL to win a Westminster by-election before the next general election – 50/1

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.