After a rush of early-morning declarations, the current results from local elections stand as follows, according to the BBC:
- Labour: 623 council seats (up 101), with a total of 28 councils (up three)
- Conservative: 553 council seats (down 94), with control of 17 councils (down eight)
- Liberal Democrats: 185 council seats (down 99), and 2 councils (down one)
- UKIP: 87 council seats (up 86), not in control of any councils
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.