The British National Party's brief foray into European politics is over after leader Nick Griffin was decisively ousted as an MEP.
Labour's lead over the Conservatives has narrowed to just one point according to the latest Opinium/Observer poll, while Ukip stands firm at near record levels.
Nigel Farage's Ukip is to target at least 20 parliamentary seats at the next general election, using his party's success in Thursday's council elections as the launch pad for an all-out assault on the House of Commons, party officials have revealed.
Ed Miliband has been put on notice that Labour faces a major battle if it is to secure an overall parliamentary majority next year after the local elections showed that the party is struggling to achieve the sort of breakthrough that would signal a Westminster victory.
If the speech was shocking, the reaction as Theresa May retook her seat in the Bournemouth International Centre on Wednesday was scarcely less so.
Labour is likely to be the largest party in the Commons but fall slightly short of an overall majority when Britain goes to the polls in the general election next year, if projections based on the local election results are to be believed.
"Now this is just a bit of fun," Peter Snow used to say as he wielded his swingometer after each sensational byelection, to reveal the House of Commons stuffed with 500 Lib Dem MPs or whatever it was that would result if Britain as a whole voted the same way in a proper election – which, of course, this was not.
The fox, said Nigel Farage, is in the Westminster henhouse.
1. Parties can win an election without winning.
A deep geographical split has emerged in Ukip's popularity, after the party built new strongholds in coastal and market towns in local elections but failed to win more than a handful of seats in London.
George Osborne made a mistake in placing cuts of £1.3bn from personal independence payments (PIP) to disabled people in his budget in a move which triggered the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith, Boris Johnson has said.
While this might be news to the many unsuspecting Londoners already glad-handed by Sadiq Khan or Zac Goldsmith, Monday marks the official starting gun for a mayoral election.