The Conservatives passed 100 lost seats by lunchtime today, with Labour seeing a jump of 128 with 89 councils still to declare.
Ukip's surge roughly matched the losses suffered by the Liberal Democrats, as Nigel Farage's party gained 85 to the 88 lost by the coalition government's smaller partner.
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.