Speaking at party headquarters, David Cameron has welcomed local election results so far.
He said: "The Conservative vote share has held up and I think that is because Conservative councils and councillors have done a good job up and down the country providing quality services and keeping their costs and their tax bills under control.'
And he added, "I also think we fought a strong campaign explaining why we need to take difficult decisions to sort out the mess we inherited from Labour."
In council seats Labour need to be winning in, they failed to pick up support and are even slipping back:
Promoted by Alan Mabbutt on behalf of the Conservative Party, both at 30 Millbank,
London, SW1P 4DP