Why Eastleigh is a laughing matter for Labour

By Emma.

I’ve just been to the bookies.

It’s not something I do very often. In fact it’s something I’ve only ever done once before, betting on the result of the AV referendum (as sure a thing as I can imagine). Usually, my gambling lends itself more to online poker than the shabby insides of a betting shop.

But this week, a little flutter on a slightly more outside bet seemed appropriate. I’ve just been paid and can spare the £20 (though £20 more would be pushing it). So I’ve had a punt on Labour winning the Eastleigh by election.

Now I know this is a long shot – that’s why I got such good odds (though these have been shortening). But sometimes politics ­– and betting – is about taking a punt.

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