‘Can’t use a mop or dictatorship of the proletariat?’ Sky Bet opens ITV leaders’ debate bingo market


A betting company has slashed the odds of ‘can’t use a mop’ being mentioned in tonight’s historic leaders’ debate.

It is in reference to footage of Prime Minister Boris Johnson helping with the clean-up operation in flood-hit Derbyshire last week.

He came under scrutiny over whether he had ever used one before and it was seen by some as a sign he was unrelatable.

SkyBet shows the likelihood of the phrase being mentioned tonight as 14/1, alongside ‘cup of tea’ at 25/1 following the revelation the PM pours the milk in before removing the bag.

Another surprising name to make the bingo list was ‘Pizza Express’, after Prince Andrew’s claim during Saturday night’s ‘car crash’ interview that he was at the restaurant in Woking, Surrey, and so could not have met Virginia Roberts.

The Duke denied he slept with her on three separate occasions, saying the encounter in 2001 did not happen as he had taken his daughter Princess Beatrice to the Pizza Express for a party, and they spent the rest of the day together.

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A betting company has slashed the odds of 'can't use a mop' being mentioned in tonight's historic leaders' debate. It is in reference to footage of Prime Minister Boris Johnson helping with the clean-up operation in flood-hit Derbyshire last week (pictured)

A betting company has slashed the odds of ‘can’t use a mop’ being mentioned in tonight’s historic leaders’ debate. It is in reference to footage of Prime Minister Boris Johnson helping with the clean-up operation in flood-hit Derbyshire last week (pictured)

SkyBet shows the likelihood of the phrase being mentioned tonight as 14/1, alongside 'cup of tea' at 25/1 following the revelation the PM pours the milk in before removing the bag (pictured)

SkyBet shows the likelihood of the phrase being mentioned tonight as 14/1, alongside ‘cup of tea’ at 25/1 following the revelation the PM pours the milk in before removing the bag (pictured)

'Can't use a mop' features on SkyBet's list of phrases that may be mentioned during the debate tonight

‘Can’t use a mop’ features on SkyBet’s list of phrases that may be mentioned during the debate tonight

Mr Johnson will launch a full-frontal political attack on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during the debate with an ultimatum to stop ‘dithering’ – which has odds of 8/11 of being said – on his election and Brexit plans.

The Prime Minister issued a challenge to his Labour counterpart warning failure to answer on key points would leave the public with ‘no choice but to conclude Mr Corbyn’s Labour, propped up by the SNP, will mean dither, delay and uncertainty’.

‘Dictatorship of the proletariat’, which is in reference to Marxist philosophy where the working class hold political power, is a phrase which features high on the SkyBet list at 25/1.

'Dictatorship of the proletariat', which is in reference to Marxist philosophy where the working class hold political power, is a phrase which features high on the SkyBet list at 25/1

‘Dictatorship of the proletariat’, which is in reference to Marxist philosophy where the working class hold political power, is a phrase which features high on the SkyBet list at 25/1

After the devastating floods last week, the South Yorkshire village of Fishlake is also high on the list at 5/1, where it sits next to the more broad 'lazy politicians'

After the devastating floods last week, the South Yorkshire village of Fishlake is also high on the list at 5/1, where it sits next to the more broad ‘lazy politicians’

It is joined on those odds by ‘Bushtucker trial’, the grizzly game on I’m A Celebrity, and ‘whiff whaff’, the PM’s preferred term for table tennis.

Also likely to be mentioned are Winston Churchill, Mr Johnson’s political hero, at 6/1, and ‘terrorist sympathiser’, an apparent reference to Mr Corbyn’s defence of the groups.

After the devastating floods last week, the South Yorkshire village of Fishlake is also high on the list at 5/1, where it sits next to the more broad ‘lazy politicians’.

Also likely to be mentioned are Winston Churchill, Mr Johnson's political hero, at 6/1, and 'terrorist sympathiser', an apparent reference to Mr Corbyn's consistent defence of the groups

Also likely to be mentioned are Winston Churchill, Mr Johnson’s political hero, at 6/1, and ‘terrorist sympathiser’, an apparent reference to Mr Corbyn’s consistent defence of the groups

In a letter published by the Tories last night Mr Johnson set Mr Corbyn four questions to answer: how he would vote in a second Brexit referendum, what Labour’s position on freedom of movement is, how much he would pay the EU for ‘market access’, and whether all of his MPs would back his Brexit policy.

Tory sources said the Prime Minister would use the debate to hammer home his central message that only the Conservatives can be relied upon to deliver Brexit – while also raising concerns about Labour’s opposition to immigration  controls.

Tonight’s ITV debate from Salford is the first time the two largest party leaders have squared off on live television in an election debate.

In a letter published by the Tories last night Mr Johnson set Mr Corbyn (pictured) four questions to answer: how he would vote in a second Brexit referendum, what Labour's position on freedom of movement is, how much he would pay the EU for 'market access', and whether all of his MPs would back his Brexit policy

In a letter published by the Tories last night Mr Johnson set Mr Corbyn (pictured) four questions to answer: how he would vote in a second Brexit referendum, what Labour’s position on freedom of movement is, how much he would pay the EU for ‘market access’, and whether all of his MPs would back his Brexit policy

Previous debates have featured a wider array of leaders, but Theresa May refused to take part ahead of the 2017 election where she lost the Tory majority.

One ally of Mr Johnson acknowledged it was a ‘risk’ to take on an opponent who is lagging far behind in the polls.

Tonight's hour-long debate – with Julie Etchingham (pictured) as the moderator – will be split into two halves, with the first devoted to Brexit

Tonight’s hour-long debate – with Julie Etchingham (pictured) as the moderator – will be split into two halves, with the first devoted to Brexit

‘Corbyn has nothing to lose,’ the source said. ‘I’ll be sleeping a lot easier once it’s over.’

The Liberal Democrats and SNP yesterday lost a High Court challenge to have Jo Swinson and Nicola Sturgeon included in the debate. 

The two parties claimed ITV’s decision was unlawful because it breached impartiality rules. 

Lawyers for the Lib Dems claimed that with Labour sitting on the fence on Brexit, ‘the voice of Remain has been excluded’ from the debate.

But two judges ruled that the decision was not open to challenge in the courts and that the parties’ only recourse was to complain to Ofcom.

Tonight’s hour-long debate – with Julie Etchingham as the moderator – will be split into two halves, with the first devoted to Brexit.

Both sides believe the debate is likely to be the first time many voters engage with the election arguments.

The first televised election debates in 2010 attracted audiences of close to ten million.



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