A leading bookmakers has made Ukip favourites to win more votes than any other party at this week's European elections.
William Hill has cut the party's odds from 8/15 down to 2/5 - appearing to indicate that a series of recent controversies has done little to tarnish the party's appeal with voters.
Graham Sharpe, a spokesman for the company, said 40% of all bets struck and 70% of stake money have been for UKIP in the run-up to Thursday's vote.
More top news
The much-loved local character, who had lived on the city's streets for decades, died in hospital this week after falling ill.
Man City remain five points behind Chelsea in the Premier League title race after a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge
Five NHS trusts in the Midlands have come under fire after it emerged bosses were sitting on more than £134 million of spare cash.