Conservatives win three seats in York.
Conservatives gain Gedling frm NOC.
Tories now look close to getting 700 gains. LibDems down 264, Labour down 389.
LibDems trounced by Tories in North Devon. Newark and Sherwood is a Tory gain.
LibDems lose four seats to the Conservatives in Aylesbury Vale, a council they had hoped to take.
Conservatives gain a seat in Stoke for the first time ever. They missed another by 13. 3 gains in Newcastle under Lyme. Could be heading for 12 gains in Staffordshire Moorlands. Conservatives gain South Shropshire with six gains
Conservatives increase majority in Wellingborough. The new composition is: Conservative - 30 (+3) Labour - 4 (-4) Independent - 2 (+1). Tony Sharp of the Waendel blog has been elected as a councillor for the first time. Well done to him!
Truly amazing result in South Norfolk - Tories gain 20 seats off the LibDems and get control. They defeat the LibDem Council leader. David Cameron rumoured to be on his way there...
Fantastic result in Braintree - 15 gains for the Tories, including 10 from Labour.
Con lose Taunton Deane, with one ward to declare: Labour Party 1 -4, Conservative Party 22 -6, Liberal Democrat 26 +11, Independent 4 +2. Jeremy Browne will be grinning like a cheshire cat.
From Richard Havers: With three of the eight regional list votes declared it's perhaps surprising that the Labour vote has actually increased from 262,313 to 271,276. The share is marginally down from 35.9% to 35.3. Given that this includes Glasgow and Central Scotland perhaps this is not too surprising. The SNP vote has massively increased from 142,539 to 222,095 a jump in share from 19.5% to 28.9%. The Lib Dems and the Conservatives show little change. The big losers are the SSP, a drop close to 60,000 votes. Solidarity (Sheridaninanity) picked up close to 17,000 of these but the rest have almost all gone to the SNP. The Greens have lost close to 15,000 so far, two percentage points on the share.The implication from the Greens leader is they've been disproportionably hurt by the spoiled papers.
Conservatives gain Mid Suffolk Con=19 +3, Lib=10 -2, Lab=0 -2, Ind=4 -2, Grn=2 +1
Conservatives lose Solihull to NOC. Con down three, LibDems up two.
Conservatives take control of North Shropshire, 9 gains so far in Staffordshire Moorlands, 2 gains in East Staffordshire
Conservatives gain 5 seats in Darlington.
South Staffs - Sir Patrick Cormack's seat = 7 Tory gains, Labour down 6.
The Labour Leader of South Derbyshire Council has lost his seat. Andrew Woodman fully expects that council to go Tory.
Conservatives miss out on their first councillor in Cambridge by 19 votes.
BNP lose three seats in Burnley - one each to each of the main parties.
Conservatives take Crawley with 5 gains.
Tories take two seats in Brighton, Greens one. Is it looking good for the Tories in Brighton?
Tories gain a few seats in North Norfolk and Broadland, including my Campaign Assistant James Carswell in Sprowston (part of Norwich North). Well done James!
Liberals gain an extra seat in Canterbury, up to 9 now. Tories currently on 15, labour 2....few more wards to be declared. should be done by 1pm. Julian Brazier needs to get his act together here. He should not let the LibDems get a foothold.
Liverpool = Tories were 4th in many seats.
Newcastle Upon Tyne = Labour expect to make 2 gains from LD
Gateshead = Lib Dems struggling in two seats from a fight from Labour.
Conservatives get a foothold on York City Council with one gain. William Hague is saying that a quarter of all Tory gains are in the north.
Conservatives gain three seats in Rugby to take control. Jeremy Wright, the local MP, is one of the most impressive of the 2005 intake.
Conservatives take control of Uttlesford in Essex (my home patch!) with six gains from the LibDems
Conservatives make 5 gains in Reading
Labour MP for Thurrock, Andrew Mackinlay, has joined us on the 18 Doughty Street couch. Any questions for him?
Crewe & Nantwich 28 Conservative +3, 17 Labour -1, 6 Liberal Democrat, 5 Others. 28 Conservative and 28 not Conservative, while technically NOC will be under Conservative control as they only need to carry 1 further vote.This seat is being spun in the media, without giving the full facts.
From a Scottish correspondent: "Although a Unionist from Northern Ireland and a natural Tory voter a friend was planning to vote Labour in order to stop Nicola Sturgeon in the constituency and Conservative on the regional list. On his way to vote the SNP man outside the Polling Station went to offer him a leaflet, when he politely said no thanks, the Labour canvasser bellowed - "don't bother mate he's Irish, he's for us". My friend was disgusted by this arrogance and vote Tory on both ballots. I think this arrogance is one of the main reasons why Labour is in trouble in Scotland."
Scotland - Tory share of the constituency vote is 16.2%, way above what the polls were predicting, and also 1% more than the LibDems.