All polls now have CON leads: LAB’s brief moment in the Sun is over

All polls now have CON leads: LAB’s brief moment in the Sun is over

But these numbers could mean PM Starmer As conference season begins there’s a new Opinium poll out that has CON back in the lead. This follows the trend of other pollsters that are reporting a little bit of a recovery by the Tories. Johnson’s problem is that at GE2019 his party had an 11.8% GB vote lead over LAB. Theoretically, any gap smaller than that should lead to CON losses so the latest 3% lead with Opinium indicates a 4.4%…

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Sunak back again as favourite in the next PM betting

Sunak back again as favourite in the next PM betting

Having bet on Sunak for next PM in November 2019 at 250/1 Ladbrokes this is a market I follow closely and if it comes up my £20 wager will be my biggest ever political betting win. It will outdo the £4,300 I made on the LDs in the June Chesham & Amersham by-election. Interesting that the big betting winner on this market this week has been Liz Truss who is now clear third favourite to succeed BoJo. The big question…

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The Government really doesn’t want Lockdown 4

The Government really doesn’t want Lockdown 4

Three times in the last 18 months the UK has seen COVID cases rise sharply. Three times the government has imposed national restrictions. Now cases are up again, but in a post-vaccine world the government is very resistant to go down that road. Will they be forced to? Smarkets punters say yes, albeit only narrowly. I suspect no is the better trading bet, but again with much uncertainty. Vaccines have heavily shifted the risk factors. The July 2021 case spike…

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Meeks and Rentoul argue over Davey’s “No deals with CON”

Meeks and Rentoul argue over Davey’s “No deals with CON”

Interesting argument this lunchtime between former PBer, Alastair Meeks and John Rentoul of the Independent. Was Ed Davey right in his FT piece today to rule out any deal that would keep a Tory government in power. The Meeks view is essentially that the way Johnson is current;y running the country is in a manner that is more alien to LD values than it is to LAB ones. Rentoul’s argument is that by ruling out one side Davey could be…

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Punters see WH2024 as a re-run of WH2020 – Biden v Trump

Punters see WH2024 as a re-run of WH2020 – Biden v Trump

In spite of their ages, Trump’s 75 and Biden 78, the two men who were their party’s nominees last time continue to head the betting for WH2024. Taking them one by one I reckon Biden has to operate as if it is certain that he’ll seek re-election unless he could appear a lame duck. Clearly everything depends on his health but if it holds he looks as though he will go for a second term. I’m not so certain about…

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Can Starmer get a conference boost?

Can Starmer get a conference boost?

Betting on the end month LAB poll average One of the innovative betting markets that Smarkets has up is in the chart above. What will LAB’s polling average be at the end of the month? These are the market rules: This market relates to the Labour Party’s UK parliament polling average on 30 September 2021, according to Politico’s UK poll of polls . A readout of the Labour Party’s most recent polling average (using the ‘Kalman Smooth’ display, to the…

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Was the CONHome members’ survey the driver of the re-shuffle?

Was the CONHome members’ survey the driver of the re-shuffle?

And Truss should be taken seriously as a possible “Next PM” One of the features of ConHome, which was founded a few months after PB in 2004, has been its monthly survey of party members and the publication of its league table with net satisfaction levels for Cabinet members. It is surely not a coincidence that the reshuffle winners and losers could have been predicted from the latest survey which was published by the site on September 5th. Three of…

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