There have been some modest gains for the Conservatives in the council election results announced so far. Most of the seats were last contested in 2011 when the Conservatives did well – losses to Labour were more than offset by gains from the Lib Dems.

At that stage UKIP hadn’t taken off. They are now a significant force in some council chambers. The results in Thurrock are intriguing. The Council has been under a minority Labour administration. But with a number of UKIP gains from Labour the figures for the tally councillors become Labour 18, Conservatives 17, UKIP 13 and one independent. Who will get into bed with whom? A continued minority Labour administration does not sound viable.

An early Conservative gain was North Warwickshire from Labour. This was among the district councils with all the seats up for election.

So some encouragement from the initial results.

More later.