Election 2015: Bookies paying out on Tory victory

Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha
Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha
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Bookmaker Paddy Power announced before midnight that it would pay out to punters who backed the Conservatives to win the most seats after the exit poll gave David Cameron’s party a large lead.

The odds of Mr Cameron staying at No 10 were at 1/10, with 1/100 for the Tories to win the most seats, said the bookie.

A Paddy Power spokesman said: “We thought it was going to be tighter than Eric Pickles’ Y-fronts after an all-you-can-eat buffet, but the Tories have run away with it.”

There was twice as much money staked on Mr Cameron as Labour leader Ed Miliband, according to the betting shop.