MP's and Peers of all parties descended on Crewe in the closing days of the by-election - many having had a disrupted journey by rail.
"I saw a Cabinet Minister at Euston Station, after the announcement that all departures were cancelled; and a LibDem Peer on the train from Marylebone. A journey that should have taken one hour 50 minutes took over three hours."
"At Crewe, I found signs that some of the electorate were finding the leaflets and constant telephone canvassing annoying; but most of them were taking a keen interest, engaging in dialogue with the canvassers and looking forward to their votes having an impact on the political scene."
"After two hours pounding the streets, it was good to find a local hostelry."