UKIP closes gap on Tories in battle for Louth and Horncastle

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UKIP’s claim that they can make a big impact or even win the Louth and Horncastle seat in next year’s General Election has been backed by bookies.

Ladbrokes is offering odds of 3-1 on UKIP winning the Tory stronghold although they still rank the Conservatives as odds-on favourites.

‘Newcomer’ Victoria Atkins’ chances of succeeding veteran Sir Peter Tapsell are rated at 1-5.

According to Ladbrokes, the fight for the seat looks like being a two-horse race.

Labour and the Lib-Dems - who have yet to announce a candidate - are rated as 100-1 outsiders.

A Ladbrokes spokesman said: “When we first issued odds on the seat, UKIP were 7-1 but have been backed to 3-1 making it UKIP’s tenth best chance of a seat win in the country.”