General Election Odds: UK Constituency Odds After Scottish Party Debate

General Election Odds: UK Constituency Odds After Scottish Party Debate

How did the bookmakers react to last night’s Scottish party debate?

Last night, the BBC brought us a Scottish Election debate leaders’ special ahead of the UK wide general election on July 4th. 

The event, hosted at Glasgow University, saw the five main Scottish parties and their leaders to go toe to toe. 

In the build up, it was billed as a straight tussle between Labour’s Anas Sarwar and SNP leader, John Swinney. But, the drama went up a level after Tory leader, Douglas Ross, announcement prior to the debate of his decision to step down - should he be elected.

It comes after days of turmoil for the Scottish Conservatives, and Sarwar and Swinney wasted no time in piling on the pressure.

Even host, Stephen Jardine, got in on the act when he asked Ross ‘why should anyone in Scotland vote for a party you don’t even want to lead?’ That very may have been the decisive blow for the Tory leader.

But, where does it leave the state of the election in Scotland’s constituencies? With the boundaries redrawn, meaning Scottish seats in Westminster are down from 59 to 57, the decisions of the electorate are more crucial than ever before.

Surprisingly, in Ross’ seat, Aberdeenshire North and Moray East, he is the favourite to be elected. At 8/11 (Sky Bet), Ross is far above the SNP’s 13/8 (bet365), and, despite their huge lead in the polls, Labour’s 8/1 (also Sky Bet).

Yet, should Ross win, or even stand after Tuesday night’s slaughtering, the market suggests it will make little difference overall in Scotland.

Sarwar was the debate’s real winner, and his forthrightly critical approach of his rivals is backed by the odds, Labour are 4/7 (William Hill) to win more than 30 of the 57 seats on offer in Scotland, meaning a landslide is almost definitely expected. 

Meanwhile, the SNP, struggling in the own right after 17 years in Holyrood, are 9/2 to win 30+ seats, and 7/4 to win 25+ (both William Hill). 

To back the Labour party to win 30 or more seats in Scotland direct through oddschecker at a guaranteed best price, click here.

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