Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

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Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

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The Bet: Who will be mayor of London?

Ken Livingstone   1-3
Frank Dobson      2-1
Steven Norris    10-1
Susan Kramer    100-1
(Source: William Hill)

The "ego" has landed. At last we have a real book on the next mayor of London, and Ken Livingstone has been immediately installed as odds-on favourite. The media and the Tories have now got what they wanted, and the instant reaction of both shows us what we can expect as a result of Livingstone's decision. The Tory candidate Steven Norris was ecstatic that Labour was split, even though most Labour MPs haven't considered Livingstone as Labour for years.

Livingstone's announcement has not shortened the Tories' odds of winning, as Norris has seen his odds lengthen from 13-2 to 10-1, probably worth an outside bet. Dobbo has seen his odds change considerably from 4-9 odds-on favourite to 2-1 second favourite. The Liberals, whose candidate has been stuck on 100-1 for months, must be regretting their decision not to run a more high-profile candidate. …

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