Labour is suffering election losses in England and Wales but claims to have avoided electoral 'disaster'. BBC
The election in Scotland is still too close to call as only about a quarter of the results in, but Labour looks likely to have lost control in Wales. It is on course to be the largest party in Wales but will fall short of the 30 seats needed for a majority, and the both Tories and Plaid have made gains.
BBC research suggests, as a projected national share of the vote, the Conservatives are on 41 - one point up on 2006, Labour is on 27, also one point up, and the Lib Dems are on 26 - down a point.
The Tories have gained 15 councils.