Conservatives odds-on favourites to take Labour's three North East Wales seats in General Election

Reporter:

David Humphreys

BOOKMAKERS have placed the Conservatives as odds on favourites to take three North-East Wales Labour seats in the General Election.

With weeks until the nation goes to the polls for the second time in three years, both Sky Bet and Betfair have put the Tories to take Clwyd South, Delyn and Wrexham.

Should Labour retain the seats then punters who back them could be in the money, with relatively long odds being offered despite the party’s past success in the region. 

The 2015 Conservative candidate Andrew Atkinson has said he will contest the Wrexham seat against incumbent Labour MP, Ian Lucas, who holds a slim majority of 1,831.

Opponents in the other two constituencies have yet to be confirmed as Susan Elan Jones hopes to retain her Clwyd South seat with a majority of 2,402.

David Hanson will contest Delyn for Labour and a majority of 2,930.

While Mark Tami is defending his Alyn and Deeside seat, potential opponents and their chances with the bookmakers are not yet known.

According to figures online with Sky Bet, Wrexham is 1/6 on to turn blue in June while Mr Lucas is 7/2 to hold on to his seat.

Betfred give Mr Lucas a better shot at victory, placing him at 3/1 against the Conservatives who they give a 1/5 chance. They also give Labour little hope in Clwyd South where the Tories are 1/8 on, compared to Ms Jones’ chances at 9/2.

Sky Bet offer 1/10 for a Conservative win to Labour at 11/2.

The reading isn’t as painful for Mr Hanson in Delyn where the Conservatives are still rated as favourites but slightly further back at 1/7 with Sky Bet.

They offer odds of 5/1 for a Labour victory on June 8, while Betfred will offer odds of 11/4 for Mr Hanson to win against the Tories, who are 1/5.

Both bookmakers put the Liberal Democrats in third place in all three constituencies with Plaid Cymru a 100/1 shot in Wrexham and Delyn.

Ukip are 150/1 to win Delyn while the Green Party are 500/1 outsiders for a Clwyd South victory.

Many other bookmakers have yet to issue odds for the constituencies.

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