WITH TWO by elections, in Stoke on Trent Central, and Copeland, set to take place on the same day, February 23, bookmakers William Hill are offering odds of 6/4 that Labour LOSE both of them – or 7/2 that they WIN both.
Hills make Labour 10/11 joint favourites with Ukip to win in Stoke, but they are 6/4 second favourites behind the Tories, the 4/6 favourites, in Copeland.
‘A double defeat could spell disaster for Jeremy Corbyn and he is being backed at 2/1 to cease to be Labour leader during 2017, with Keir Starmer being backed to 4/1 favourite to succeed him‘ said Hill’s spokesman Graham Sharpe.
Stoke: 10/11 Ukip; 10/11 Lab; 28/1 Tories; 33/1 Lib Dems
Copeland: 4/6 Tories; 6/4 Lab; 12/1 Ukip; 25/1 LD