When looking at elections, other than the result itself, many people would rather believe what the bookies are saying than what party hacks or professional pollsters are putting forward. That is because the people who bet are putting their money where their mouths are.

And William Hill have UKIP set to gain over a hundred seats in tomorrow's local elections.

William Hill fully expect UKIP to be the big winners in Thursday’s local elections and are offering 5/4 that they gain over a hundred extra seats. UKIP are 8/11 to gain more than 12.5% of the national vote but the odds suggest they will not poll more than the LibDems, who are 1/6 to gain more votes.

There are a number of conflicting polls but we fully expect UKIP to make significant gains,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.

New Market: UKIP Gains: 5/4 Over a hundred net gains, 15/8 Under fifty net gains, 9/4 Between Fifty & One hundred net gains

Local Elections National Percentage Share Of Vote:

Labour: 5/6 Over 36.5%, 6/6 Under 36.5%

Conservative: 5/6 Over 28.5%, Under 5/6 28.5%

Lib Dems: 5/6 Over 15.5%, 5/6 Under 15.5%

UKIP: 8/11 Over 12.5%, Evens Under 12.5%

Highest Percentage Of Vote: 1/6 LibDems, 7/2 UKIP

UKIP Rosette

UKIP Rosette

South Shields By-Election:

1/50 Labour, 12/1 UKIP, 100/1 Conservative, 200/1 Liberal Democrat

UKIP: 1/5 to finish second behind Labour.

Nigel Farage is being very upbeat ahead of the elections saying that he expects the party candidate, Richard Elvin, to come second to Labour in the South Shields by-election and is determined to give the other parties a shock in the local elections.

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