Barnet Council remains Conservative-led after the party won exactly the number of seats required to hold a majority.
Having been neck and neck with Labour at 30 seats each out of 63, the Conservatives took two seats from the Lib Dems as the vote count in the London borough came to a close.
Labour supporters expressed their frustration at the near-miss:
Labour have never won Barnet outright. Got close this year. Agonisingly close. I love you Barnet but you’re killing me here…
UKIP's successes in the local elections have raised the possibility of them winning a Westminster seat at the general election.
A year ahead of the general election, Ed Miliband's party is seeing only patchy support in areas it should expect to gain ground.
UKIP are likely to make Rotherham a key target for 2015 after a storming result in the local elections.