WITH just hours to go until voting in the North Shropshire by-election, the Conservative Party has seen its odds shorten with bookmakers.

On the eve of the election, online bookies comparison site Oddschecker, has revealed all the main betting sites are shortening the odds for the Tories, who have held the safe seat for more than 200 years.

At the time of writing, SkyBet has the Tories at 4/5, while Paddypower has them at 8/13, while William Hill has odds of 4/6.

But they are still just behind the Liberal Democrats who are hoping to cause an upset.

Their odds currently stand at 10/11 (Bet365), 4/6 (Paddypower) and 11/10 (William Hill), however they are shortening according to Oddschecker.

Meanwhile, the Labour Party remains a relative outside with most bookmakers offering odds of 50/1 and 66/1.

The Reform UK Party has best odds of 100/1 (Betfred and BoyleSports) and the Greens best odds are 125/1 (Paddypower and Betfair).

The other candidates remain outsiders.

The odds update comes as the Labour Party was forced to deny a 'gentleman's agreement' revealed by the Liberal Democrats earlier today to rein in their campaigning as the election draws near.

A Labour Party spokesman denied any such move, adding that the deputy leader Angela Rayner had visited the constituency yesterday, while shadow Cabinet members Preet Kaur Gill and Lucy Powell both visited today.

The electorate will head to polling stations on Thursday morning when they open at 7am.

Don't forget, the Oswestry Advertizer will be running a live blog throughout polling day and the count tomorrow.