Well, I had intended to start blogging at midnight but we decided top carry on live coverage on 18 Doughty Street so I couldn't do both! However, I do intend to stay up for a couple of hours to do some live commentary, so do stay with me. I'll be adding some comments to this post gradually over the next 30 minutes with my thoughts on the night so far.
First of all, WTF is Andrew Neill doing on Sky?! I know he's freelance but when you are the BBC's main political presenter you just don't broadcast for the opposition. Period. I suspect BBC head honchos will have been spitting into their G & Ts...
Now for the two big stories of the night so far...
Two words. Torbay and Woking. The Torbay result is massive and will give a huge boost to the PPC Marcus Wood. The LibDems thought they would take Woking and they haven't. One test for Cameron's Conservatives tonight was to beat the LibDems in key battleground seats. They haven't won every one of them but enough to be doing well. In fact the LibDems seem to be just as big losers tonight in terms of the number of councillors as Labour
CONSERVATIVE VOTES IN THE NORTH
Not bad so far. Chester is a massive gain, as is South Ribble. Lorraine Fulbrook will be dancing in the streets of whatever town there is in South Ribble. There are gains in Crewe and Nantwich
Bury (where we the Tories are now the largest party), Barrow (where we the Tories are the largest party), Pendle, Preston, East Riding of York (The Tories won the Labour leader’s seat),
Macclesfield (gained 2 seats, 1 from the Liberal Democrats), Ellesmere Port and Neston (where Tories gained 3 seats off Labour). The Conservatives have gained three seats in Sunderland, including 2 in Washington where they had never had a seat before. The Tories gained a seat from the Liberal Democrat leader of Alnwick council and gained a seat in Wigan. They have gained two seats in Salford, Greater Manchester.
SHARE OF THE VOTE
ConservativeHome is reporting that the national share of the vote is Conservatives 41%, Labour 27% and LibDems on 26%. A massive endorsement of David Cameron.