UKIP odds on to get first seat in Cornwall
Bookmakers say the UK Independence Party (Ukip) is odds on to get its first seat on Cornwall Council in this week's elections.
The anti-European party led by Nigel Farage is fielding a record 76 candidates in the elections on Thursday.
William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: “We think it is odds on that Cornwall will have UKIP representation after this week’s election.”
The bookmakers is offering odds of 4/6 on for Ukip getting its first seat on Cornwall Council and 11/10 against.
Cornwall Council is the largest unitary authority in the country with 123 seats. The current council is led by a Conservative and Independent coalition.
Steph McWilliam, chairman of Ukip in Cornwall, said she was "really quite optimistic" about the chances of getting the first UKIP Councillors in Cornwall.
She said: "There are so many factors at play in each division that you have to look at each one separately.
"Overall I am sure our percentage of the vote will be up, that we will affect the outcome of quite a few results and I will be delighted, though not surprised, if we have some UKIP Councillors at County Hall for the next four years."
ThisisCornwall will be providing live updates of the election results as they come in on Friday with reporters at the scene and an interactive map.