Scots pensioner places £30K bet (in £50 notes) on Tory general election win


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”.

The bet is the biggest yet placed on David Cameron returning to No 10
The bet is the biggest yet placed on David Cameron returning to No 10


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.”