Boris opens up at just 2/1 to win 2016 London Mayoral Election

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BORIS JOHNSON is just 2/1 with Ladbrokes to win the 2016 London Mayoral Election.

In anticipation of a win for Boris this year, the firm have gone up with their ante-post list for the next election and make Johnson the clear favourite. David Lammy is next in the betting at 16/1, while Lord Coe is just a 25/1 chance.

The bookies are also less keen to underestimate independent candidate Siobhan Benita, quoting her at just 50/1 in comparison to the 1000/1 she started off at last time. Eddie Izzard and Ken Livingstone have both been given 25/1 quotes and among the 100/1 outsiders Tony Blair and David Beckham are surely those of most interest.

Bob Crow is last in the betting at 200/1 at this early stage.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “It looks like we’re set for up to eight more years of Boris. He’s the hot favourite to win in 2016 with no clear opposition at this stage.”

He added: “The odds suggest Labour will put someone else in to bat next time. David Lammy would be an interesting runner and his odds would surely tumble upon confirmation.”

Ladbrokes latest betting

2016 London Mayoral election
Boris Johnson 2/1
David Lammy 16/1
Shaun Bailey 20/1
Lord Coe 25/1
Jon Cruddas 25/1
Baroness King 25/1
Ken Livingstone 25/1
Eddie Izzard 25/1
Chuka Umanna 33/1
Rushanara Ali 33/1
Lord Sugar 33/1
Harriet Harman 33/1
James Cleverly 33/1
David Miliband 40/1
James Purnell 40/1
Brian Paddick 50/1
Iain Duncan Smith 50/1
Caroline Pidgeon 50/1
Siobhan Benita 50/1
Kit Malthouse 66/1
Ross Kemp 100/1
Dave Rowntree 100/1
Tony Blair 100/1
Richard Littlejohn 100/1
David Beckham 100/1
George Galloway 100/1
Peter Hitchens 100/1
Nigel Farage 100/1
Bob Crow 200/1

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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.