|William Hill have cut their odds about Tony Blair resigning as Labour leader during 2005 from 5/2 to 2/1 - and lengthened their odds about him surviving as Prime Minister for longer than Margaret Thatcher from 4/1 to 9/2. |
'The political rumour mill seems to be full of stories suggesting that Mr Blair will be going sooner rather than later, so we are adjusting our odds accordingly' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe,
'But if he does go there is no doubt that Gordon Brown will be expected to take over - we make him 2/7 favourite to do so with Charles Clarke at 4/1 and Alan Milburn 10/1.'
Hills currently make Labour 1/6 favourites to win the next General Election - which is 1/7 to take place in May 2005 - with the Tories at 7/2 and the Lib Dems 40/1.