Britain’s bookmakers have been taken by surprise after the new Labour leader unexpectedly received a standing ovation for his maiden speech at the Labour Conference in Manchester.
In an official statement, a spokesman for BetFair said nobody had seen this coming. ‘Who would have thought a maiden speech would get a standing ovation, at an emotionally charged standing ovation festival, I mean conference,’ he said. ‘Maybe when they took all the chairs out of the conference centre, and we found out that the front twelve rows of the conference were given over to a lobby group known as Haemerhoid Sufferers Against The Cuts we should have shortened the odds though’ he added.
Heads are now expected to roll at the bookmakers as it has also been revealed that a tip off that the new Labour leader might mention World War 2, the NHS and Tory cuts was not acted upon. ‘We even knew he was going to use of the phrase ‘when my parents came to this country’ he admitted. ‘That would even get elderly Tories out of their seats.’