The conservative party appears destined to retain its grip on British politics after Prime Minster Theresa May announced her plan to call a snap general election on June 8.
May said it was in the “national interest” to re-gauge the public’s opinion on which party should run the government, even though Downing Street has repeatedly denied there would be another general election before 2020.
The Tories can be found at odds as low as 1/14 (1.07) to win a third general election in succession—including the 2010 result that saw then-Prime Minister David Cameron form a coalition government alongside the liberal democrats.
Labour, on the other hand, seem a distant afterthought as things stand, with Jeremy Corbyn’s party the distinct underdog—despite being second in the odds—at 8/1 (9.00).
It’s been suggested that May has called for a new general election in the hope she can capitalise on post-Brexit sentiment in Britain, as Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael called it “a colossal piece of opportunism…doing something that she had denied she was going to do for months.”
General Election 2017 Odds
- Conservative: 1/14 (1.07)
- Labour: 8/1 (9.00)
- Liberal Democrat: 25/1 (26.00)
- UKIP: 60/1 (61.00)
- Scottish National Party: 200/1 (201.00)
- Greens: 500/1 (501.00)