Conservative MP Grant Shapps told Daybreak that the party has taken five out of the seven county council counts they have seen so far.
Not ignoring the fact that the party have lost councillors in yesterday's elections, he said, "people have sent a message, we get it, we hear what people are saying."
UKIP leader Nigel Farage claimed a "sea change" in British politics as they gained more than 140 council seats in the local elections.
There is no question that the day belongs to UKIP and Nigel Farage. The party has gained over 100 seats and won about a quarter of the vote.
In an article for ITV News, the Conservative MP Adam Afriyie calls for a guarantee on an in-out EU referendum to deal with the UKIP threat.