EXPERIENCED Conservative candidate Graham Evans explained away his late arrival at the Weaver Vale count saying he has spent the night with his family.
The campaigning Conservative, who arrived hours after his Weaver Vale rivals, says he has prepared a speech but warned the party have a "very big" seat on their hands.
"I have been up since 3am this morning, I've got a wife and three children, and I went home to get changed and spend a bit of time with my family.
"I knew it would a late one so I was in no rush to get here.
"As a candidate there's nothing worse than hanging around.
"I've been kept up to date and it's very close, it's a 5,000 Labour majority so it was always going to be close.
"Nationally it's a very big seat and one we need to win to get a majority.
"I think a Conservative Government is still possible by some of the results tonight."