General Election 2019: What the bookies think will happen in Sunderland, South Tyneside, Hartlepool, Northumberland and the UK
The day of reckoning has arrived as the North East joins the nation in going to the General Election 2019 polls.
But who are the bookmakers backing to represent us from Friday morning both locally and in 10 Downing Street?
Looking across the region first of all, Labour are 2/5 with bookmaker Paddy Power to retain the Hartlepool constituency – which is targeted by Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice – with the Conservatives now second favourite at 4/1 and the Brexit Party drifting to 5/1.
A little further up the A19, Labour are 1/8 with Paddy Power to retain the Easington seat with the Conservatives priced at 11/ 2 and the Brexit Party 16/1.
In Sunderland Central, Coral make Labour 1/6 favourites with the Conservatives second at 4/1 and the Brexit Party third favourites at 16/1.
Yet the party’s traditional dominance of the North East is not expected to remain in other parts of the region.
In Darlington, a Labour seat since 1992, the Tories are 4/7 favourites with Coral with Labour 5/4 second favourites.
In nearby Bishop Auckland, the Conservatives are 1/3 to gain the seat from second favourites Labour (9/4) while Labour are backed at 4/7 to retain ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair’s former Sedgefield seat from the 5/4 Tories.
In Berwick-upon-Tweed, which covers larges parts of Northumberland, the Tories are 1/25 to retain the seat ahead of the Liberal Democrats at 10/1.
As for the national picture, the Tories are 4/9 with Coral to gain an overall majority with Labour 20/1 and the Liberal Democrats 500/1.
The price on no party gaining an overall majority, meanwhile, has dropped from 7/2 to 2/1 this week alone.
Fancy doing all this again in the New Year, folks?
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