The two main political parties have made big loses in the local elections, with the Liberal Democrats and independents looking like the real winners of the night.
So far the Conservatives have gained North East Lincolnshire and Walsall, and increased their majority in Swindon.
Chairman of the District Councils' Network, Cllr John Fuller, was among the high-profile councillors to retain their seat.
But the party has lost a dozen councils to no overall control and a further six to the Lib Dems.
Trafford MBC, which the Conservatives lost to no overall control last year, was won by Labour, but the party has lost Bolsover, Hartlepool and Wirral to no overall control.
The Lib Dems have gained at least eight councils while Ashfield has gone independent.
LGiU chief executive Jonathan Carr-West said: ‘We shouldn’t forget the salience of local issues. Campaigners around the country have been desperate to shift the debate on to local issues and have had some success.
‘These elections are not a glorified opinion poll, they’re about electing councillors who will make decisions about the local services people rely on.’
Liberal Democrats gains:
Bath and North East Somerset (from Cons)
Chelmsford (from Cons)
Cotswold (from Cons)
Hinckley and Bosworth (from Cons)
Teignbridge (from no overall control)
Vale of White Horse (from Cons)
Winchester (from Cons)
North Devon (from no overall control)
North Norfolk (from no overall control)
Mole Valley (from Cons)
North East Lincs (from no overall control)
Walsall (from no overall control)
Conservative lose to no overall control:
Southend on Sea
East Hampshire DC
Calderdale (from no overall control)
High Peak (from Cons)
Trafford (from no overall control)
Telford & Wrekin Council
Labour lose to overall control:
Cannock Chase (from Lab)
Leeds City Council
Nottingham City Council
Salford City Council