By Claire West

With the country's economic situation still giving cause for concern, William Hill offer 6/1 that George Osborne will be replaced as Chancellor before the next General Election takes place.

'Mr Osborne's optimistic predictions of an economic up-turn have yet to materialise and it could be that his position will come under pressure before the next general Election is held' said Hill's spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Last month Business Secretary Vince Cable said he would make a good chancellor but insisted he was "not pushing" for George Osborne's job.

Yesterday Mr Osborne told reporters he would give the economy "110 per cent attention and effort and energy" - perhaps this statement is 'Freudian' evidence that the Chancellor is numerically challenged?