After a desperately tight round of results in Walsall last year, the council was perfectly balanced; thirty Conservative councillors, and thirty from the other parties. The Conservatives relied on the casting vote of the mayor in order to run the administration. Now, after two gains from Labour - in Birchills-Leamore and Bloxwich East, they can run things a little comfortably. Labour had controlled Walsall for thirty years since the authority's creation, but the Conservatives have dominated since 2003.
Votes will be counted in Herefordshire during Friday. It has always been staunchly Conservative, but could that be about to change?
It was a bad night for the Conservatives and Labour as votes were counted in the Midlands' local council elections.