Britain's main political parties all made gains in local council elections, benefiting from the collapse of the U.K. Independence Party, in results that saw Jeremy Corbyn's Labour continue to struggle outside London.
The end was result was three gains for the Conservatives and one for Labour, leaving the Tories with 25 seats and Labour with 20.
The relief was etched over Tory faces as it meant they now hold a two-seat majority, down from the previous six. "If they held their position the Tories would have lost their majority".
There were bright spots for Labour after 150 local authorities in England headed to the polls but overall the party did not live up to expectations. "They're also putting big developments on small type urban areas where the infrastructure can't cope".
The Conservatives gained Basildon and Peterborough, which had both been under no overall control.
The Tories also no longer have control of Trafford in Greater Manchester. People muttered about how the council was painfully on a knife-edge - and you could certainly cut the tension as the poll boxes arrived to be counted.
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The Tories are seven wanting a majority in unpredictable Thurrock, the place 17 Ukip councillors all stop the occasion and are standing as independents.
He said: "The Conservative vote is advancing more than Labour". We want to see more people more active, more often.
Whereas Labour Trafford group leader Andrew Western has promised angered locals that his party will "withdraw the planning application as it stands, go back to the drawing board and work with residents on a sustainable future for Turn Moss that the whole community can support".
Results showed May was likely to avoid the kind of widespread losses that would dramatically weaken her authority over Conservative lawmakers ahead of key tests of her plans to take Britain out of the EU customs union as it quits the EU.
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, the leader Warwickshire's Conservative group, said: "The battle was always going to be between Labour and the Green Party in the by-election for the county council, I don't believe we have ever held this division".
Councillor Spratt has previously served as a city councillor on and off since the 1980s.