So far so good. Sky reporting +4.7% in share of the vote for the Conservatives so far. 20 councillor gains. Gained one council, Shrewsbury & Atcham. We held a County Council by election on the outskirts of Norwich which the LibDems had been confident of taking.
00.10The BBC website election coverage is lamentable. The BBC1 programme isn't a lot better. Skhy winning the statistics battle by a mile.
00.15 Great Yarmouth is a bit worrying. We lost four seats there - 3 to Labour, one to Independent. The council is a Tory council, so maybe its the incumbency factor counting against them.
00.20 Someone has asked for my predictions on the imminent reshuffle. I'll be doing that early in the morning - between 9 and 10... that's if I have got out of bed by then...
00.26 I didn't see this, but I've had an email about Blunkett's performance on BBC. He was "crowing about how great he was and how it was all clarkes fault. Dimbleby then said well "what about what happened on your watch" then blunkett "said sorry i cant hear you." Dimbleby tried two more times and Blunkett claims he couldnt hear a thing. It was hilarious and shocking."
00.35 Watching Sky News. Am I wrong to think Tessa Jowell looks a bit demob happy?
00.53 Big blow for LibDems in Eastbourne, which they had been expecting to win from Tories. Instead Tories gained one seat from LibDems. Another Tory gain in Tunbridge Wells. LibDems lost three of the four seats they had held.
01.12 Tories win second seat on Norwich City Council. Well done Antony Little - your years of hard work have paid off. We haven't had two councillors there since about 1985! It may seem over dramatic, but this is a breakthrough. Bowthorpe Ward, which Antony won, is mostly council housing - not natural Tory territory. He's won it by doing LibDem pavement politics. Tremendous.
01.18 Sarah Teather totally out of her depth and all over the place on BBC1.
01.26 Remember that Newsnight prediction that the Tories would lose seats tonight? Huh!!!
01.35 Conservatives take Harefield ward in Hillingdon by a landslide from Labour. I think it has been Labour previously. Result was something like Tory 1200 Lab 300. An indication of things to come, or not?
01.49 Jowell's throwing a hissy fit at Dimbleby becasue he had the temerity to mention her mortgage
02.45 Cons will gain Hillingdon. LibDems go down from 8 councillors to either 1 or 2. Labour leader loses his seat by 300 votes.