A GLASWEGIAN pensioner has placed the biggest election majority bet to date – £30,000 on the Tories.
The unknown gambler strolled into a betting shop on Hope Street and casually inquired about the chances of David Cameron’s party winning the general election.
After being told the odds were 7/1, he pulled £30,000 out of his jacket pocket in crisp £50 notes to place the wager.
Ladbrokes employees described the anonymous customer, believed to be a former accountant, as “well-groomed, wealthy and well-informed”.
According to one cashier, the political punter was someone who “looked like he knew what he was doing”.
They said: “He seemed very confident and calm considering the money at stake – he just thought it was a great bet.”
Following the punt, which is the biggest majority bet to date, the bookies have cut the odds of the Tories in that market to 6/1 while the odds of no party forming a majority have reduced from 10/1 to 8/1.
Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said the Glasgow bookies “was the last place you’d expect to find a punter prepared to have a record-breaking bet on the Tories”.
He added: “It’s fair to say Cameron & co have been handed a vote of confidence from one of the unlikeliest locations and should they defy the odds, our customer will land a significant windfall.”