THE diverse nature of Eddisbury has not helped Labour gain votes in this election according to Labour parliamentary candidate Pat Merrick.
She claims the needs of those living in Winsford are at odds with those living in large sprawling rural areas of the constituency where top Tory Stephen O'Brien commands an army of followers.
"If I was in power I would perhaps seek to split Eddisbury in two," she said. "I really believe that Winsford is out on a limb. The town is very similar to Ellesmere Port where I have worked for many years. It's a home from home really. It's a Liverpool overspill. But people living here will have nothing in common with those living in rural areas."
Labour has traditionally held second place in the Eddibsury battle but this year, Mrs Merrick is wary of the Liberal Democrat challenge locally and nationally.
"I hope we can secure second again," she said. "But the Liberal Democrats have been working hard here and I think the younger generation, who have given up on the traditional main parties, have been excited by Nick Clegg.
"Some youngsters I think have had a shock though when they have come to vote for Nick Clegg or David Cameron and they've ended up having to vote for the likes of Pat Merrick, Stephen O'Brien or Bob Thompson. It's not really quite as exciting is it?
"The campaign though has been a great success this year because people are really engaged. The worst thing in the world is apathy. What has also happened is that whoever becomes an MP this time around will be under more scrutiny than ever before."
Mrs Merrick is now looking forward to an early finish having started the night's excitement at the Red Lion pub watching Paul Heaton, of The Beautiful South, play an acoustic gig. "It was a really nice way to start the evening. Paul was really well received by the crowd."