|Ed Miliband, leader of the triujmphant Labour Party|
With all the results in, the BBC's projection of the national share of the vote has Labour with a 38% national share of the vote, up three points, with the Tories down four on 31%.
The Lib Dems' projected national share of the vote is estimated to be unchanged at 16%. But the party's total number of councillors has dipped below 3,000 for the first time since it was formed in 1988.The estimated turnout, 32%, was the lowest since 2000.
For additional perspectives on the election, check out coverage in The Telegraph and The Guardian.