Helen Clark odds-on to win UN role

Helen Clark (Getty)
Helen Clark (Getty)

British bookmarkers say Helen Clark is the clear favourite to be the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Bookmakers have slashed the odds for the former New Zealand Prime Minister to secure the top job, after a surge of betting support.

William Hill says Ms Clark's easily the best-backed contender, and her odds have been cut to 5/2. Last week the bookie had her at 7/2, equal with Bulgarian candidate Irina Bokova.

"We had identified Helen Clark as one of the front-runners as soon as she announced that she was interested in the role, but she has been easily the best-backed contender and we've had to cut her odds significantly," says Hill spokesman Graham Sharpe.

Ms Bokova's odds have lengthened to 9/2.

William Hill's long-list includes names who haven't even put their hands up for the job, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel on 8/1 and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, 33/1.

Mr Sharpe says either way, it's likely a woman will take the UN's top job when the vote takes place later this year.