The Times has a report on the local elections with a focus on Labour's prospects in the south. Buckinghamshire is already a Labour free zone after one Labour councillor defected to the Lib Dems last year and another resigned. In Surrey, Labour has two seats out of 80. In Wiltshire three out of 98 and in Somerset, Hampshire, Dorset and Devon it has four from totals between 45 and 80.

Once eradicated from a Town Hall it is hard to get back. As we know to our cost in Liverpool and Newcastle.