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Sutton Coldfield and Erdington based VALUE shop 99p Store is selling survival kits to MPs sweating on marginal seats.

The branches in Sutton Coldfield and Erdington have bundled five 99p items to help defeated politicians deal with life beyond Westminster.

The survival kits, now on sale in Sutton Coldfield and Erdington, include a twin-pack of alarm clocks to help ex-MPs get up on time for job interviews; ballpoint pens for filling in benefits applications; a calculator should expenses claims become an issue in their new jobs; a mini-tool set for those on extended gardening leave; and a bottle of HP sauce complete with Big Ben logo for those feeling nostalgic.

But according to bookmakers' odds this week, the Sutton coldfield constituencies are unlikely to change colour.

Bookies think the Conservatives are set to hold the Sutton Coldfield seat, with Ladbrokes and William Hill offering odds of 1/200 on a local Tory victory a safe bet, but not a good bet for punters looking to make a fortune.

Neighbouring Erdington looks to be staying red, with Ladbrokes and William Hill quoting odds of 2/7 and 1/4 on a Labour win.

But the odds for other parties contesting the constituencies are not so long that expectant candidates should dismiss the 99p Store wares.

Paddy Power has odds of a Labour victory in Sutton Coldfield at 12/1, while Ladbrokes quotes 14/1. Ladbrokes gives 25/1 for a Liberal Democrat victory in Sutton. Bookmakers think the situation in Erdington is potentially tighter. A Conservative victory is given 5/2 and 11/4 by Ladbrokes and William Hill respectively. Liberal Democrats are quoted 25/1 and 20/1 by the same bookmakers.

Hussein Lalani, boss of the 99p Store chain, says his shops can help, should an upset emerge on May 6. He said: "We've devised this special kit as many MPs will soon have to start living like the rest of us."


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Posted On:  04 May, 2010
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