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Clarke nap is a 16/1 winner for punters

David Hughes in London

Published 24/03/2011 | 05:00

VETERAN Tory Kenneth Clarke, the British justice secretary, landed himself in hot water yesterday when he nodded off during the budget speech.

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As his party colleague George Osborne delivered his budget, 70-year-old Mr Clarke was seen dozing on the government frontbench.

Labour leader Ed Miliband spotted the snoozing Conservative and quipped that the chancellor's growth strategy had sent him to sleep.

A spokesman for Mr Clarke dismissed the allegation, saying: "Of course he didn't fall asleep."

But bookmaker Ladbrokes said it would pay out on bets at 16/1 that Mr Clarke would drop off during the chancellor's speech.

Ladbrokes spokesman Alex Donohue said: "Clarke might have been caught napping but our punters certainly weren't."

British budget: business supplement, pageS 1 & 2

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