Labour made huge gains in key election battle grounds in the Midlands. 17 local councils were up for grabs - only three of those were held by Labour. But the party now controls ten including Birmingham, Dudley and Derby.
The full report by Keith Wilkinson:
The moment Labour returned to power in Derby. Their 4th gain of the night.
The 4th they needed to clinch victory.
For the Tories it was a grim night.
The former leader of Derby City Council admitted tax changes in the budget and issues such as Bombardier had hit them hard.
Speaking to Labour party supporters outside Birmingham Council house, Ed Miliband says his party's policies and connection with people in the city is behind the landslide victory in the local election.
Our correspondent Keith Wilkinson asks Labour leader Ed Miliband how the change in power at the council house will affect Birmingham City Council's budget cuts.
Labour leader Ed Miliband has arrived in Birmingham following Labour's victory last night.
Ed Miliband is expected any minute to Birmingham City Centre following Labour's landslide victory in the local elections overnight.
Michael Sibert reports from Nottingham where voters have rejected the ide of an elected mayor.
John Willats reports on Labour's landslide victory in Birmingham.