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Sunday 8th April 2012 | 14:30
LADBROKES HAVE paid out to punters who backed MP's to flout the hosepipe ban.
In now what seems a huge price, the bookies offered 5/1 last week that an MP would be seen breaching the hosepipe ban at any point this year. And thanks to Water Minister, Richard Benyon, nifty punters have pocketed a small fortune.
It's now odds-on (4/6) that another MP flouts the ban this year or 33/1 the ban is disregarded completely by an MP who's spotted using one in a water fight.
The firm have also cut the odds of the ban lasting all year to 2/1 (from 3/1).
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: "Benyon needs a good hosing down after this embarrassing debacle. Punters knew that MP's were unlikely to practice what they preach, and they've netted a nice profit from doing so."
Ladbrokes latest betting*
Ban to last throughout 2012 2/1 (applies to seven firms with bans starting on the 5th of April)
When will the last of the seven firms who initiated a ban on the 5th of April end their ban?
Before the 15th of November 5/6
After the 15th of November 5/6
Any MP or member of their staff to be spotted flouting the hosepipe ban in 2012 4/6
Any MP or member of their staff to be spotted using a hosepipe in water fight in 2012 33/1