Ukip are performing strongly in traditional Conservative and Labour territory, with the Liberal Democrats seeming to have fallen back on even their poor 2012 local election performance.
As last year Ukip is carving out a mini-heartland of its own around the Thames estuary.
Gains in Southend and Castle Point -that's Canvey Island; watch out for places like Basildon, Thurrock and Havering (Romford).
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.