Sir Alex Ferguson is 50/1 to join the Lords Team in the annual Parliamentary Tug of War as he seeks vengeance for Ryan Giggs being named in the Commons as the footballer with a super-injunction.
John Hemming MP, who used his parliamentary privilege to name Giggs after weeks of speculation, is due to star on the Commons team in tomorrow’s big charity event, and it is thought the fiery Manchester United Manager might take the opportunity to to get his own back. Imogen Thomas, who Giggs is accused of having an affair with, is also 33/1 to be present at the event.
Despite this, the Commons Team is still 1/3 odds on favourite to win the event, with the Lords priced at 2/1. The Lords are also more likely to slip over during the event (evens), although punters can get 6/1 on any Conservative MP fancying a sly dig at their Liberal Democrat coalition colleagues by tripping them up under the pretence of the general scuffle. It is 20/1 for the strain between the two houses to prove too much and the rope to snap.
Richard Royal of Ladbrokes commented: “The annual Parliamentary Tug of War event is a rare opportunity for members to engage in open conflict, and whilst its for a good cause, it is clearly taken very seriously by the competitors and you have to wonder if some tension might bubble to the surface”
The 24th Annual Tug of War is held in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and is expected to raise over £150,000 from the event. Ladbrokes will be supporting the event and encouraging participation in a fundraising draw whilst providing commentary on the support for each team. Ladbrokes has also donated a prize of two VIP tickets to Ascot to the draw.
Who will win the Tug of War?
Commons – 1/3
Lords – 2/1
Member of Commons team to slip over – 2/1
Member of Lords team to slip over – evs
Any Conservative MP to deliberately trip up any Liberal Democrat MP – 6/1
Rope to snap – 20/1
Imogen Thomas to be present in the crowd 33/1
Sir Alex Ferguson to take part on the side of the Lords team 50/1