A Labour Party blog is already anticipating defeat in the Bristol Mayoral elections. It says Independent candidate George Ferguson could well have won on first preferences.
Spin? It might be, but Mr Ferguson has been a popular candidate and he certainly wouldn't be the first independent mayor if he does get it.
Ed Miliband claimed that Middle England was turning its back on David Cameron, after Labour won the Corby by-election on a 12.7% swing.
Labour today held Manchester Central and Cardiff South and Penarth constituency seats in their respective by-elections.