The last time UK went to the polls in 2017, Crewe and Nantwich was the eighth most marginal seat.Read more
Political reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside
The Conservative Party's new MP for Eddisbury Edward Timpson said it was "fantastic" to get "such a strong mandate".
He secured a majority of 18,443 votes and takes over from Antoinette Sandbach, the former Conservative MP who joined the Lib Dems after she was suspended from the party.
Mr Timpson said he has lived in the south Cheshire area for 30 years and promised more money for schools, hospitals and more help for farmers.
"But first of all, we've got to get Brexit done," he said.
The North West is represented by 69 seats in the House of Commons. Breaking it down a bit, we have 27 from Greater Manchester, 16 from Lancashire, 15 from Merseyside, and 11 from Cheshire.
You'll no doubt have noticed that some constituencies have been talked about a lot more than others during the election campaign.
A lot of constituencies, including many on Merseyside and in Greater Manchester, rarely if ever change hands.
So the party bosses concentrate their time and resources on those which they think are genuinely up for grabs - the marginals.
We've got a couple of dozen or so here in the North West and the chances are that if you live in one of them you'll have seen a lot of leaflets, Facebook ads, and maybe even some candidates knocking on your front door in recent weeks.
I know our esteemed colleagues in London pride themselves on their snazzy 3D graphics on election night.
Here in the North West we prefer to keep things old skool...
Sincere thanks to the gaffer for shelling out on not one but two dry wiper pens in suitably festive colours.
With 69 seats across Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside for us to keep tabs on, having this board will be invaluable!
The Mersey Gateway Bridge has reopened after an earlier accident, but there are long queues in the area.
No-one was injured in the crash, which happened just after 07:00 and involved a lorry and a van, police said.
The bridge road heading in the direction of Liverpool was closed for several hours.
HS2 is an important part of Crewe's future, or at least it could be if it gets the go-ahead.
Parties are split: Labour and the Lib Dems would press ahead with high-speed rail while the Greens and Brexit Party have said they would scrap it. The Conservatives are on the fence while they wait for an independent review to be published.
Graham Dellow, from the Mid Cheshire Against HS2 campaign group, and Paul Coleman, from the South Cheshire Chambers of Commerce are on opposite sides of the argument.
Mr Dellow says HS2 is just an expensive "duplication of an existing railway that does the job" and thinks it will be a "disaster" if whichever party gets into power continues with the project.
Mr Coleman on the other hand thinks it's important to improve connectivity for the North and people and businesses will last for over 100 years - he also believes the prospect of HS2 is already bringing businesses to the area.
Plans for HS2, and whether it will come to Crewe, are up in the air and strikingly for the party that has been in the lead, the Conservatives are not yet fully committed to it.
They're certainly not fully committed to the full extent of it, running as far as Leeds.
The governing party seems to be hedging their bets.
I asked Transport Secretary Grant Shapps whether the party is doing this for political reasons, so they can appeal to people who like the idea of high speed rail as well as those who don't like the idea.
The government says no, that they commissioned a review which they will examine if they get into power at the end of this week.
BBC Business News
BBC Business reporter Egon Cossou has been reporting live from Crewe this afternoon.
He spoke to Nick Hilton, managing director of Fayrefield Foods, which describes itself as one of the UK’s largest independent dairy companies.
Its huge 75,000 sq ft warehouse in Crewe sends out mainly cheese and butter not only across the UK, but to more than 30 countries. The firm also imports heavily from Ireland.
Mr Hitlon called for "clarity" over Brexit and for a long-term trade deal to be in place "as fast as possible".
"We just need to get this done and move out of no man's land," he said.
"In the event of a hard deal what we would hope for as part of a settlement going forward that we carry on with tariff-free access [import and export to Europe]."
It seems to me in Westminster they dwell upon banking, finance, car factories, etc, and here in food products, particularly agricultural products you have to shout fairly loud to make your voice heard."
Transport correspondent, BBC News
Just over 1% of people in northern England get a train on a daily basis - something it's hoped projects such as Northern Powerhouse Rail will change.
The £40bn project, which should begin in five years, will see improvements on railway lines across the north of England from Crewe to Newcastle as well as a faster link between Manchester and Leeds.
In Crewe, where there's uncertainty about whether it will be an important stop on the HS2 route, buses are a more immediate concern for many people.
"No buses means isolation," said Carol Jones, who campaigns for the Crewe Bus Users group.
"It's alright having a car, but there's a lot of people who haven't got that," she said. "They've just got a bus."
All the main parties have promised more money for buses.
BBC Economics Editor
There's a big disparity on government spending per head depending on where you live in the UK.
When it comes to trains, about £843 is spent per passenger in London each year compared to £240 in north-west England and as little as £130 in parts of Yorkshire and the North East.
It's a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the Treasury looks at where passengers are and targets money there, creating a giant circle where funds are re-invested in the same areas.
The end result of that, especially when you look at local transport, is best shown when compared to other countries - you will find underground train systems in the six biggest cities in Spain, but no such systems in big UK cities like Birmingham and Manchester.
As politicians campaign for votes, we will be looking closely at the places where the election could be won or lost.
Crewe and Nantwich are two towns in one constituency in the county of Cheshire.
They are divided by two political parties: Crewe traditionally votes Labour, while Nantwich traditionally votes for the Conservatives.
The BBC's political reporter for Cheshire Phil McCann is in the county, asking people their view on the upcoming election.
BBC Radio Stoke
The effect of austerity cuts on young people with disabilities has been "absolutely devastating" according to a charity in Crewe.
Ian Chalmers runs Hopes and Beams in the town, which helps young disabled people and the elderly.
“I work with lots of families with special needs children and it affects the whole family," he said.
"It pervades everything that they do is very stressful, they have to fight for every single thing for their child and often provision is just not given."
“Whatever political party gets in power, there’s got to be systematic change as the only way for things to progress,” he said.
One of the biggest issues at the polls is inevitably Brexit and it could be fertile ground for Leave supporting parties in Crewe.
Crewe and Nantwich comes under Cheshire East Council, which counted the votes in the EU Referendum in 2016.
But according to research by Dr Chris Hanretty at the University of East Anglia, Crewe and Nantwich even more forcefully backed Brexit in 2016.
Although Cheshire East Council did not release results by constituency, Dr Hanratty estimated 60.3% of people in Crewe and Nantwich voted in favour of Leave, based on a research model of constituencies.
Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News
There have been billions and billions of pounds of cuts over the last nine, nearly 10 years now.
Councils have really born the brunt of it and that’s meant things like libraries closing and bus services being cut back.
Here in Cheshire East there are far fewer buses in the evenings and on Sundays.
However Crewe is, economically, a successful place.
There are lots of jobs that are available. More jobs are being created but often they are low paid and insecure, like zero-hour contracts. People are now working but are in in-work poverty.
School funding is also a huge issue here that led to protests in Nantwich at the last election two years ago.
Crewe and Nantwich is one of the UK's most marginal constituencies, with Labour taking the seat from the Conservatives in 2017 by just 48 votes.
With days to go until another general election, what issues are firing up voters?
Gemma runs a domestic cleaning company in Crewe and is concerned that an increase in minimum wage will mean she will struggle to employ more people.
She wanted to know what the main political parties are promising when it comes to a national minimum wage.
All the parties plan to increase minimum wage to £10 an hour according to Faisal Islam, the BBC's economics editor.
The Conservatives say they will phase this in gradually reaching that wage by 2024 for workers over 21, which represents about 4 million people.
Labour will bring the policy in much sooner if elected - aiming to raise the minimum wage by April 2020. They'll also roll it out to all workers, including 16-20-year-olds, which would be about six-and-a-half million workers.
Want to know if the minimum wage is enough to live on? Read this report from the BBC's personal finance reporter.
Two towns, one constituency. Traditionally, one votes Labour, the other Conservative but will Brexit change that?
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the yuletide offering from children's author, Sir Michael Morpurgo.
Police footage shows Joseph McCann trying to outrun officers after stealing a car belonging to one of his victims.
Serial rapist Joseph McCann was hiding up the tree in Cheshire when he was arrested.
Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke
Crewe Alexandra manager David Artell says the "integrity" of football is at stake as Macclesfield Town players decide whether they will fulfil tomorrow's fixture against the Alex.
Macclesfield's unpaid players say they will not play as their emotional and mental wellbeing is at "rock bottom".
As of Wednesday evening, staff and players' wages remain unpaid, following last month's late payments.
The EFL says it "fully understands" the players' position but the club will face disciplinary action if the game isn't played tomorrow.
Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke
Crewe Alexandra captain Perry Ng says he won't have a haircut until he scores his first goal of the season.
The defender's yet to hit the back of the net in his 25 appearances for the Alex so far.
I'm hating it at the minute, getting some stick off everyone. I've always wanted to grow it to be honest but the lads have given me a little bit of a bet and said I'm not going to cut it until I score so I've just got to stick with it and hopefully I can get one soon."
He'll be hoping it's not as long as Tom Huddlestone when he was at Hull as he didn't cut his hair for nearly three years until he scored again in 2014.
A police officer reveals what it is like to have to break the news of drink and drug-driving deaths.
Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke
Police are looking for four men suspected of badger baiting after a dog walker spotted them acting suspiciously with dogs.
They were seen on land off Audley Road, near Alsager Park, Cheshire, on 19 November, the RSPCA said.
The dog walker saw them digging in an area where there was a badger sett and they ran off when he shouted at them, reports say.
The RSPCA's released still images of the four suspects who they want to identify.
BBC News Travel
Train passengers are facing delays and cancellations between Shrewsbury and Crewe after a points failure.
Disruption's expected until at least 14:45 with some passengers facing delays of up to 40 minutes.
Cheshire Live - Crewe
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A lorry driver's been fined after driving on the M6 with a windscreen so cluttered, they couldn't clearly see the motorway ahead, police have said.
They tweeted this photo of the inside of the HGV's cab, saying it was stopped at Sandbach, in Cheshire.
The force said the accessories on the windscreen also prevented a clear view of the front mirror.
Newsreader, BBC Radio Stoke
Two people, cats and ferrets have been rescued from a house fire.
The blaze was on West Street, Crewe, yesterday evening, the fire service said.
It added that police officers had already arrived by the time its crews got there and rescued the two people inside, although they haven't revealed their injuries.
Two firefighters then went in and rescued several cats and ferrets trapped inside.
The A556 in Cheshire has fully reopened after a lorry carrying a load of chocolate burst into flames.
The road closed in both directions after fire broke out at about 20:00 on Thursday.
North West Motorway Police said the driver was "safe and well".
Some people tweeted their chocolate-related puns once it was clear the driver was safe, with the fire service describing the job as "hot chocolate".
Cheshire Political Reporter, BBC News
Residents who lost their homes in a fire at a retirement complex in August are a step closer to getting a share of nearly £60,000 raised for them.
Apartments at Beechmere, Crewe, were destroyed in a blaze which left 150 mainly older people homeless.
The donations are being held by the town council which last night voted to transfer the cash to landlord Your Housing.
The move will be subject to a written agreement which stipulates the cash will be divided equally between the residents.
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