Ukip has gained 85 council seats, making inroads across Tory and Labour councils. With counting continuing this morning, the results are, according to the BBC:
- Labour: 520 council seats (up 76), with a total of 26 councils
- Conservative: 416 council seats (down 94), with control of 15 councils
- Liberal Democrats: 106 council seats (down 74), and 1 council
- UK Independence Party: 86 council seats (up 85), 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.