Prime Minister Theresa May has spoken of the importance of the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election as she visited the constituency ahead of Thursday's vote.
Mrs May joined Conservative candidate Jack Brereton on a visit to the Emma Bridgewater factory in Hanley on Monday (20th February).
She said: "I'm here because this is a really important by-election."
Ukip leader Paul Nuttall had been tipped to take Stoke-on-Trent Central in Thursday's by-election, triggered by the resignation of Labour MP Tristram Hunt.
During her visit, Mrs May was asked about revelations that Stoke-on-Trent's local hospital trust was expected to have a deficit of £100 million.
She said the Government would put an extra £10 billion of funding into the NHS by the end of this Parliament.
- Full list of candidates contesting in the Stoke Central by-election: