We wanted a Labour collapse, we wanted to make a big step forward in Scotland.
We didn’t quite get everything we wanted but…….
We did put clear water between ourselves and Labour and we took seats off both Labour and the Lib Dems.
We are now a serious player in Welsh politics again.
We made good inroads into the North of England, controlling more councils in the North West and Yorkshire than Labour; including South Ribble, Chester and West Riding. We are also the only major party to make net gains in terms of council seats.
My unspun (as far as I can) round up.
Labour: A very bad result but not appalling.
Conservative: A very good result but not outstanding.
Lib Dems: A very poor result but not terminal (yet).
Nationalist Parties: A good result but not for the BNP.
1. John Reid setting an “impossible” target for us (just like in London last year) and then watching us beat it (just like in London last year).
2. Conservative leader of Birmingham council’s bullish interview at about 2.30 in the morning.
3. Watching a string of Labour and Lib Dem MPs claim that no one had really made any great improvements as Conservative win after Conservative win came rolling across the screen.
We needed a good solid result, a good showing in the North, maintaining our position in the South and building a strong national campaigning base back up again.
We got what we need.