With the UK heading to the polls on December 12, the Conservatives are red-hot favourites to fare best in bwin’s general election odds.
Boris Johnson’s party is as short as 4/25 to win the most seats and 4/5 to secure an overall majority, with Labour 5/1 and 16/1 for the same bets.
After a pre-Christmas vote was agreed in an attempt to end the Brexit deadlock, Johnson said that he was prepared for a “tough” fight in the weeks ahead.
“I think it’s time for the country to come together, get Brexit done and go forward,” he said. “It’ll be a tough election and we are going to do the best we can.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn countered: “This election is a once-in-a-generation chance to transform our country and take on the vested interests holding people back.
“We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen.”
However, with the party trailing in the polls, many Labour MPs are deeply unhappy at the prospect of an early election, with more than 50 signing an amendment calling for a delay until May.
Punters can get 25/1 for the Liberal Democrats to win most seats, 33/1 for the Brexit Party and 250/1 for the Green Party.
It is also 11/10 for no party to secure an overall majority in bwin’s general election predictions.
Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson confirmed they would be campaigning on a platform to halt Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.
“It is our best chance to elect a government to stop Brexit,” she said.
Tories well ahead in latest polls
The Conservatives will go into the general election with a double-digit lead in the opinion polls, with the Tories currently around 15 points ahead of Labour.
The PA’s latest weekly poll tracker has the Conservatives averaging 38%, with Labour on 23%, the Liberal Democrats 18% and the Brexit Party 11%.
At the start of 2019, the Tories and Labour were neck-and-neck in the polls.
The Tories will not want to take this position for granted, however.
At the start of the 2017 general election campaign, the Conservatives had a poll lead over Labour that averaged 20 points.
By polling day this had shrunk to single figures and in the election itself the Tories’ vote share was just three points ahead.
We’ll have more news, views and general election betting tips in the run-up to the big day.