Dreary weather sees low turnout but big gains for Labour so far...

Bad weather puts off the electorate Photo: ITV Central News

Early results suggest that Labour has hit both coalition parties hard to mark of a good night for Ed Miliband.

Labour has taken control of both Birmingham and Derby.

Massive majority for Labour Credit: ITV
Labour took control in Derby, gaining 6 seats Credit: ITV

There also also signs of the electorate's current disillusion with party politics in general.

A dreary day in most parts of the Midlands didn't help turnout, which is likely to be in the low 30%s overall.

And indications are that most mayoral referendums will fail - with Nottingham already having said 'No' to the idea of a directly elected mayor.