Eddisbury may be seen as a generally safe seat but the atmosphere was still tense at the start of the count.

Ballot boxes didn't start to arrive until after 10.30pm and gradually the candidates began to arrive, and all managed to remain relatively calm.

Labour candidate James Laing said he was feeling fairly confident about his party's chances. "It's always nerve wracking being at the count but hopefully the Labour Party will do well, although it's going to be a very long night."

Video thumbnail, Carmella De Lucia speaks to Labour parliamentary candidate James Laing in Eddisbury constituency
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At 18, CIsTA candidate George Antar is the UK's second youngest candidate and he described feeling 'euphoric' to be standing as a candidate for Eddisbury.

"I'm relaxed, you have to be really. I'm quietly confident, but I didn't stand to win, I stood to bring something different. I feel euphoric right now, its a brilliant feeling to be here and I'll remember it for the rest of my life."

UKIP candidate Rob Millington he was feeling "quite comfortable" after having some good feedback. "We feel quite confident from the feedback from our supporters and indeed voters today," he said.